White list procedures defended by UK Gambling Commission

Acceptable licensing jurisdictions are continuously monitored, says UK regulator

The UK Gambling Commission this week defended procedures on its advertising white listing of foreign licensing jurisdictions.

The Commission’s system is designed to confine advertising to UK punters to sites that are licensed by selected regulating bodies which the Commission regards as acceptable.

The issue arose following a request for information on the acceptance procedure by gambling consultant Steve Donoughue, reports EGR. It addresses a specific white listing – that of Antigua – which was initially rejected in 2007 (see previous InfoPowa report) but subsequently accepted when the Commission satisfied itself that issues raised in the first application had been addressed.

In response to an opinion that it did not undertake proper due diligence in the case of Antigua, the Commission said: "No member of the Commission has physically visited any white listed jurisdiction to investigate and corroborate the information provided by that jurisdiction in their White List application.

"However, we carry out cost-effective ongoing reviews of white list operators as part of our regulatory work. This includes desk top based compliance checks to verify social responsibility measures are adequate as well as other checks related to the ability of these operators to advertise in the UK."

Antigua is white-listred by the Commission, along with Alderney, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Tasmania, and all countries within the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).

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