There are various authorities involved in online gambling regulation
in the United Kingdom and Europe. The process of regulation involves probity
requirements and standards, the actual licensing of gaming sites, and the
regulation of their ongoing activities.
The United Kingdom is at the forefront of regulating online gambling and as a
licensing jurisdiction it has no peer as far as probity requirements,
regulation and testing requirement are concerned. A number of other
so-called "offshore" jurisdictions have improved remarkably over the past number of years, so much so that the UK Gambling Commission now
recognises them as having sufficient regulations and processes in place to
protect consumers. We review the "UK white listed" licensing jurisdictions.
In addition to the licensing of online gambling operations, there are
other authorities such as software testers and auditors involved in
activities such as software testing and auditing. This is a critical
component of ensuring the integrity of the gaming software and that
operators are following acceptable practices when it comes to customer
service and processing funds.
We review some of the key parties involved in online gambling regulation below.