The United Kingdom Gambling Commission’s Statement of Principles regarding online casino activities was presented to the public and is currently under review.
The United Kingdom Gambling Commission’s Statement of Principles regarding online casino activities was presented to the public and is currently under review. The organization invited the public to read the online casino policies and respond via post or through the Gambling Commission’s website. This document, published in January 2006, lists the values and principles the government intends to use in its efforts of regulating the online casino industry.
Among the issues to receive most of the feedback, were the measures proposed by the commission to prevent under aged youth from unhealthy exposure to the online casino world. Public attention had also focused on other subjects, such as security in the online casino industry, fairness and the connection between gambling online or off line and illegal elements. Responses to this document were received not only from online casino owners and users of these online casino sites, but from many other groups who wanted to have their say on the matter.
The Statement of principles is the first document publishes by the commission regarding online casino gambling. This publication is the first step in the process of regulating the online casino industry. Licensing terms and codes of online casino games are to be published in future proposals expected later in the year 2006. Peter Dean, chairman of the Gambling Commission, has stated that feedback on the Statement of principles from diverse groups, such as consumer protection groups and religious organizations, are gladly accepted by the commission and the public is encouraged to continue doing so.