Players in Europe Now Required to Accept Cookies

05/15/2012
By Pamela PattersonGoogle

The European casino games online industry is dealing with new policies that will mandate players on online casino games sites to provide permission for the website to leave cookies on their computer. This is scheduled to take place within the next couple of months.

 

When most people visit websites, they are unaware that small text files, called cookies, are stored within their computer. Cookies help websites remember logins and passwords as well as shopping cart purchases. Cookies are also controversial because they monitor people’s internet activity, which makes some uncomfortable.

 

Many top rated online casinos are in the process of putting the necessary steps into action, but gaming insiders approximate that nearly 95% of the websites are not currently following the determination.

 

Some people who are against enforcing the cookie policy say that placing this information in the operator’s terms and conditions or privacy policy is enough. This may be ideal, but online casino games operators that do not comply with the regulations can be fined up to £500,000.

 

The European Information Commissioner’s Office has made its position very clear to online casino operators, letting them know that they want users of top online casino games sites to knowingly indicate their acceptance of cookies.

 

The new policies will force providers of casino games online to be more open and direct about their terms of usage allow users to choose whether they want to accept cookies before playing. The ruling makes it no longer enough to put this information in the terms and conditions section.

 

Joanne Bone, a partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Business Legal Services in the United Kingdom commented, “The industry has been waiting to see who will ‘blink first’, but time is now running out to achieve compliance before the Information Commissioner’s deadline of May 2012.”

 

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