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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Online gambling - Jurisdictions – Belize

Belize is located on the northeastern coast of Central America. It is the only country in the area where English is the official language and it is bordered on the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala and to the east by the Caribbean Sea.

Corporate tax: 25%
Gambling tax: 35%
Fees: USD $10,000
Map of Belize

Belize Finance Information:
The International Business Company Legislation was enacted in Belize in the early 1990's, together with a range of other offshore laws. That led to growth of interest in Belize as a low-tax jurisdiction. More than 3 000 IBC's were registered in Belize from 1990 to 1997, under the Companies Act of 1990 which is based on modern corporate legislation giving extended privileges and absolute confidentiality. The Belize IBC Act is worked out based on the best features of legislation adopted in other jurisdictions offering offshore incorporation.
Offshore jurisdiction ratings issued by Swiss company Guaranty Trust Ltd and compiled by many criteria including banking secrecy, legal system, and communications and tax regime, put Belize at the top of its list.

Who manages E-Gambling in Belize:
Belize’s Computer Wagering Licensing Act, 1995, which was introduced in May 1996, provides for the proper conduct and regulation of gambling via the Internet. The Act also provides for the licensing of computer services operators who provide computer Internet users with the facility to wager against each other on sporting events or other games of chance. The Belize Computer Wagering Licensing Board is responsible for all applications for licenses to provide computer wagering services and has  the authority to grant exclusive licenses. They also control and regulate all persons who provide computer wagering services. Online gaming licenses may be issued to businesses incorporated in Belize by the Online Gaming Licensing Committee, operating under the authority of the "Gaming Control (Online Gaming)


Belize
Brief History:
In 2004, the Prime Minister signed a Statutory Instrument adjusting the Online Gaming Regime to make processing and monitoring more efficient and to reduce licensing fees from USD 50,000 to USD 15,000.
For a non-exclusive license. Under the original legislation, licensees were required to make a cash deposit of USD 500,000 as security for the performance of obligations. This requirement has since been modified significantly.
A license is required to conduct gaming from within Belize and gaming business (wagering) cannot be conducted with Belize residents.
One license can be held at any one time and only persons with integrity, competence, and adequate financial means.
Licensees need a separate bank account for processing wagers and may charge a processing fee up to 5 percent of each transaction or the sum of USD 20, whichever is greater.
A 15 percent withholding tax on payments of prizes is implemented by holders of wagering licenses.  Annual Licenses expire on March 31 regardless of the issuance date.
In August, 2007 the government of Belize released a statement warning of clandestine companies claiming to have been licensed in Belize when, in fact, Fulton Data Processing Limited and Bwin Intercontinental Limited were the only two operators licensed there.

Minimum Share Capital for an iGaming Company:

There is no minimum share capital authorized in Belize. If there is no share capital, fees are charged according to the number of members.

Security Requirements / Indemnity for Player Deposits:
All license holders are required to maintain security deposits and reserves within the Central Bank of Belize that can be drawn on for the purposes of any debt repayment associated with the enterprise on line gambling activities. The Belizean Online Gaming Licensing Committee must be informed if the enterprise requires these deposits and reserves at any point and must then follow the Committees recommendations.

Licence Fee:
Licenses are valid for 12 months, and require a USD $10,000 initial payment and USD $10,000 annual renewal fee. Online gaming sites licensed in Belize may not accept wagers from residents of Belize.

Licence Length:
One year

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
The Money Laundering (Prevention) Act of 1996 creates specific procedures and standards that, when adhered to, will ensure that The BOSL Group, and the financial services industry in Belize in general, remains free of tainted funds and other assets.

Resolution of Complaints and Disputes:

There is no documented official complaints or dispute resolution process available for players in a dispute with a casino licensed in Belize. In such cases players are totally at the mercy of the honesty of the operator,

Belize Restrictions:      
Anyone intending to conduct online gaming in Belize must be licensed by the Gaming control board. The conditions of the license prohibit the online gaming operator from accepting bets from any person resident within Belize.

Contact Details:
Belize Gaming Control Board
Address:
New Administration Building
Belmopan, Cayo
Belize
Website: www.belize.gov.bz

Online casinos licensed in Belize:
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All Poker Games
Amazing Video Poker
Carib Sports Off Shore
Casino Grande
Casino Mel
Casino Poker Las Vegas
EasyXP
Finopex
Forex Metal
ForexBroker Inc
Jeux de Cesar
Lotto London
Lucky Gate Casino
Maximus Casino
Online Casino Fever
Opteck
Option Ground
Rockland Casino
Royal City Casino
Russian Casino
Sizzling Slots
Video Poker Classic Casino
Video Poker Saloon

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

NSA Revelations - Thank you Edward Snowden

We need to thank Edward Snowden for his insights into NSA spying.

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Monday, 30 September 2013

Online gambling - jurisdictions - Aland Islands

Aland Islands gambling licenses

The Åland Islands are a region of Finland that consists of an archipelago lying at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea.

PAF are an Åland Island company, licensed and controlled by the local Åland government and were founded in 1966 by charities. Their profit goes to good causes. They operate online on land and on the sea, having built their reputation on safety and responsibility. PAF employ over 350 people across Europe, they develop their own unique games.

Corporate tax: 20%
Gambling tax: In accordance with corporate tax rate.


Who manages E-Gambling in Aland Islands?
Online gaming in the jurisdiction is licensed exclusively to the publicly owned, charitable gaming company Ålands Penningautomatforening, also known as PAF. PAF operates under the supervision of the government of Åland Islands and all revenue is used for charitable causes. Although PAF holds a gambling monopoly on the Åland Islands, it provides turnkey eGaming websites with operational services to other companies through its B2B gaming operations.  In June 2012, PAF was granted one of the first poker operator licenses in Spain for the launch of the PAF.es website offering poker on the Ongame Poker Network.

Overview:
Ålands Penningautomatförening or PAF is a Finnish company that operates a legal gambling monopoly on the Åland Islands, Finland. PAF also has an Internet-based gambling and gaming operation, in addition to operating and maintaining casino and gaming activities on a large number of cruiseferrys. The purpose of PAF is to generate funds for humanitarian and social causes on the Åland Islands.


Minimum Share Capital for a PAFPartner Company:
€0-3

Security Requirements / Indemnity for Player Deposits:
A variety of mechanisms are acceptable commensurate with the Business Plan and commercial performance of the operator.

Licence Fee:
€70,000 per year in lieu of all taxes (currently under review with a view to reducing the cost for start-up/smaller operators).

Licence Length:
One year

Software Testing Requirements:
Yes, technical standards are published by AGCC.

Reporting Requirements to Regulators:
Periodic financial reports are required.

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
All operators must comply with AML legislation in force.

Country Restrictions:
No restrictions

Contact Details:
Paf - Head office
Lövdalsvägen 8
Pb 241
AX-22 101 Mariehamn
Åland, Finland
Tel: +358 20 7910 600
Fax: +358 18 22 030
E-mail: info@paf.com
www.paf.com
Business ID: 0280695-6

Online Gambling Juristictions - Malta

Malta, an island lying in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily and north of Libya. The capital of Malta is Valletta. Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a republic in 1974. Malta is an independent republic, a member of the British Commonwealth and a member state of the European Union.  Malta has received more than 450 remote gaming applications and has a labour force of 2,085 directly employed in the remote gaming industry. Malta is one of the world’s largest online gaming jurisdictions and was the first EU member state to regulate Remote Gaming.

Corporate tax: 35%
Gambling tax: approx. 0.5% of turnover but varies in accordance with the class of the license issues however the maximum gaming tax payable by one licensee shall not exceed €466,000



Who manages E-Gambling in Malta?
The Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) is responsible for the governance of gaming in Malta. It has developed set policies to govern the remote gambling operations for which it provides licences.

A licence granted by the Authority may be subject to conditions relating the proper operation of interactive games; the protection of players; the prevention of money laundering; exigencies of public interest. Companies must adhere to a strict code designed to protect players.

A corporate entity must be set up before one can apply for a gaming license in Malta. Any company that has been established as a corporate body in accordance with the Companies Act may apply for a license.

Brief History:
Under the Public Lotto Ordinance in 2000, Malta began licensing online gambling sites whilst, the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) have developed its policies and procedures of remote gambling operations.

Since April 2004, Malta has offered four classes of remote gambling licenses, namely:
Class 1: For any games requiring a random number generator including lotteries, casino games, slot machines and any other games of chance.
Class 2: For companies that offer sports betting and other third party activities where spread betting, pool betting and fixed odds betting come into play.
Class 3: For companies based in Malta that offer promotional services and advertising for online gaming including poker, game portals, P2P and betting exchanges.
Class 4: For companies that offer hosting and management services for online gaming companies rather than offer gambling themselves.

In March of 2005, the first Malta Remote Gaming Council (MRGC) was elected. The Council monitors all remote gaming operators and service providers. The MRGC launched an online forum allowing operators and service providers to discuss legal, technical and administrative issues.

In September 2007, Malta positioned itself on the United Kingdom’s “white list” of countries that match its stringent gaming regulations, resulting in the steady increase of the number of licensees in Malta.

2011 saw the streamlining of the application process, whereby applicants may submit required licensing information at once allowing the LGA to assess whether an applicant:
• is fit to conduct a gaming business
• has a sound business strategy
• has the operational and statutory requirements to meet Maltese laws
• has correctly implemented their application’s technical environment

To enhance cooperation and the exchange of information and investigative assistance of providers of remote gaming services amongst their regulatory agencies, in 2012, Malta’s Lotteries and Gaming Authority signed a memorandum of understanding with the Danish Gaming Authority and the Jersey Gambling Commission.

Malta is developing a Responsible Gaming Fund for responsible gaming advertising campaigns. It is suggested that gaming operators be required to contribute to the fund.





Minimum Share Capital for an iGaming Company:
A company applying for a licence needs to have the following minimum issued paid up share capital when registering with the competent authority:
Class 1 - one hundred thousand euro (€100,000)
Class 2 - one hundred thousand euro (€100,000)
Class 3 - forty thousand euro (€40,000)
Class 4 - forty thousand euro (€40,000)
Companies applying for multiple licences should have the cumulative of the requirements established above, to a maximum of two hundred and forty thousand euro (€240,000).

Security Requirements / Indemnity for Player Deposits:
The LGA must be notified that player deposits must be held separately in a client's account. The LGA monitors the accounts monthly and reviews bank statements to ensure that the deposits are covered.

Licence Fee:
A license is valid for five years, it may be renewed for additional five-year periods should the issuing authority allow.
The cost to apply for any of the four license listed above is approximately €2,330. The fee is due on submission of the application. Once a license is secured the cost of renewal for another five year period is considerably less than the initial payment. Should your application be approved, there is an annual license fee which is approximately €7,000.

Length of the licensing process:
If all the necessary documentation and information is provided to the Authority, the process leading to the provisional licence takes approximately twelve to eighteen weeks. It is at this point where low-quality applications are dropped and the applicant is allowed to re-apply with a more persuasive application. Successful applicants are invited to implement their technical environment, this must be done within 60 days or may be suspended and subject to re-apply.
Once an online gaming site is live a licensee is subject to compliance audits usually after a year of operation however these audits can be made at anytime should the LGA have suspicions of deviation of regulations. Should a licensee fail a compliance audit, it could lead to the suspension or termination of a license

Licence Length:
Valid for five years with annual licence fees

Software Testing Requirements:
Any company applying for a Malta license must have their software tested 6 months prior to opening for business.

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit is in its final stages of issuing the 3rd EU Anti Money Laundering Regulations to include all remote gaming amongst subject persons.

Resolution of Complaints and Disputes:
The Lotteries and Gaming Authority handles all gambling issues for Malta-licensed gaming companies. Players who are experiencing any problems with an online operator licensed by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority can contact their Players' Support Channel via email at complaints@lga.org.mt.

Malta Restrictions:
With online gaming licensees, irrespective of where a company advertises or promotes their services they cannot:
• Imply that remote gaming is a means of social acceptance or the resolution for any social, economic or personal problems and in no way imply that by partaking can an individual gain personal or financial success.
• Be directed at encouraging individuals younger than eighteen (18) years old to engage in remote gaming.
• Be seen to encourage or portray indecency.
• Be endorsed by a celebrity or known personality whereby suggesting that remote gaming contributed to that person's success.
• Be conducted through the distribution of unsolicited electronic mail.
• Companies which are granted a Maltese license are not permitted to take bets from the island's citizens.

The complete list of restrictions is established in the Code of Conduct on Advertising, Promotions and Endorsements issued by the Authority.

Useful Links:
Remote Gambling Licence Application Form – Malta – Click here to download
Remote Gambling – Malta – Click here to follow link

Contact Details:
Lotteries and Gaming Authority
Suite 1, Level 3, TG Complex, Brewery Street, Mriehel, Birkirkara BKR 3000, Malta
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 09.00hrs till 16.00hrs
Tel: +356 2546 9000
Fax: +356 2144 6950
Email: info@lga.org.mt
Web: http://www.lga.org.mt/

Online casinos licensed in Malta:
7 Sultans Casino
Betfair Casino
Betsson Casino
Betway Casino
Casino Club
Casino UK
Casino Euro
Cherry Casino
Cinema Casino
Crazy Vegas Casino
Diamond World Casino
GoWild Casino
InterCasino
Luxury Casino
Mr Green Casino
Mummy's Gold Casino
Redbet Casino
Roxy Palace Casino
Royal Vegas Casino
Platinum Play
Ruby Fortune Casino
Spin Palace Casino
Sun Vegas Casino
VIP Casino


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Online Gambling Juristictions - United Kingdom

United Kingdom Gambling Licenses 
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of continental Europe. It consists of four countries namely England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its capital city is London, it is one of the Commonwealth Realms and it has fourteen British Overseas Territories.

Corporate tax: Typical UK Corporate taxes apply
Gambling tax: 15%
Fees: Starting from £25,000.00

Who manages E-Gambling in United Kingdom?
The UK Gambling Commission is the regulatory body with the authority to license and regulate wagering in the UK. All traditional types of gaming, from poker to sports betting to casino gambling, are legal and subject to licensing laws. There are minimum technical standards for online gaming companies set up by the Commission. Two main types of gambling licences are remote gambling licences, and non-remote licences. Recently the UK and EU have set their sights on the gambling industry with the aim to implement stricter regulations. Their regulations are designed to prevent compulsive gambling, keep children from placing bets, and ensure fair play.

Overview:
There are six types of online gaming licenses are available these fall into the remote gambling licence category: a casino operating license, a bingo operating license, a general betting operating license, a pool betting operating license, a betting intermediary operating license, and a lottery operating license. If you plan to offer more than one type of gaming experience, you will have to apply for multiple licenses. The UK is seen as an excellent iGaming jurisdiction, however comparatively high tax makes the UK uncompetitive globally.  Online gaming is taxed at a rate of 15% of the operator’s gross profit. For a betting exchange, poker site, or pool/pari-mutuel operator, the tax rate is 15% of the operator’s commission.

Security Requirements / Indemnity for Player Deposits:
Your company will be required to create policies that promote socially responsible gambling. These policies must be posted on your website. In these published policies, you must explain how you will help fund research into preventing problem gambling, how you will identify problem gamblers, how you will help fund treatment for problem gamblers, and how you will help educate the public as to the risks of problem gambling. Your site must also contain links to other websites that offer information and treatment for problem gamblers. You must be able to establish that you have trained your employees on how to identify problem gamblers. You must also have an option where people can exclude themselves from your services. Finally, you must make sure that all of your advertising encourages responsible gambling and discourages compulsive and underage gaming.

Regulations:
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain.

The Commission and local licensing authorities are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great Britain other than the National Lottery and spread betting, which are the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) respectively. 

Recently the Commission announced that its test purchase programme would continue as part of a national campaign to ensure the safety and security of all players.

Test purchasing is one method by which the Commission may measure the compliance of licensed operators, or groups of licensed operators, with aspects of the Gambling Act 2005. Failure by individual operators to put in place effective controls could lead to further action by either the local authority or the Commission. Further details can be found in the Commission’s published ‘Approach to Test Purchasing’ and Licensing Compliance and Enforcement policy statement.

See the terms & conditions section of the Gambling Commissions website for information on legal advice.

Licence Fee:
The Gambling Commission began accepting applications for licenses on January 2, 2006 and began awarding them in September 2007. 

You will be charged both an application fee and, should you be granted a license, an annual operational fee. These fees are calculated on a sliding scale based on the gross revenue of your company.

The starting price for application fees payable to the UK Gambling Commission is around £10,000.00 and annual fees are around £25,000.00, however, keep in mind that the level of fees depends on the business size and activities provided, therefore this is  a very rough guide of the potential figures.

There is a Fees calculator on the Gambling Commissions website:

https://secure.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/GCCustomWeb/FeeCalculator/FeeCalcStart.aspx

Operators who wish to operate more than one type need only apply for one betting license type.

Licence Length:
One year

Resolution of Complaints and Disputes:
The Gambling Commission takes all complaints very seriously. If you wish to complain about the way a gambling business is being run, which may indicate a threat to the licensing objectives of the Gambling Commission, you should follow the complaints procedure set out at their website.

Software Testing Requirements:
All gambling software (eg a slots game) must meet the Gambling Commission’s remote gambling and software technical standards if it is made available to customers via for example, an online casino in reliance on a Gambling Commission operating licence.  The gambling software must be tested in accordance with the testing strategy prior to the game being made available for use.

However, if the gambling software for example a slots game, is only ever supplied to operators licensed in other jurisdictions it does not need to comply with the Commission’s remote gambling and software technical standards. Instead it must meet the technical and testing requirements of the jurisdiction in which it will be made available to players.

Reporting Requirements to Regulators:
The Commission have the power to review the performance of licence holders against the terms of their licence.

Reviewing individual operating and personal licences:
They have the power to review operating and personal licences, on any of the following four grounds, if they:
  1. Have reason to suspect  that a licence condition may have been breached
  2. Believe the licence holder, or any person connected with the gambling activities, has been convicted of a relevant offence in Great Britain or abroad
  3. Suspect the licence holder may be unsuitable to perform the licensed activities
  4. Think a review would be appropriate. (This means that a licence could be reviewed solely on the grounds, for example, that it has been held for a long period of time, and we consider a review necessary.)
Reviews by ‘types of licence’: They reserve the right to review matters relating to a particular type of operating licence.  The purpose of such reviews is to examine the manner in which licence holders, as a whole:
  1. carry out licensed activities
  2. comply with the conditions attached to the type of operating licence.
Following a review, we may choose to exercise their regulatory powers as set out on their website.

http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/gf-useful_links/problem_gambling.aspx

United Kingdom Restrictions:
You may not promote your site to people living outside the UK, except for the whitelisted countries of Alderney, Antigua and Barbuda, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, and Tasmania.

Contact Details:
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham
B2 4BP Fax: 0121 230 6720

Email: info@gamblingcommission.gov.uk
Telephone: 0121 230 6666
Web: www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk

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Friday, 16 August 2013

NON USA Webhosting and servers

In light of the PRISM revelations by Edward Snowden, the world is witnessing what can only be described as a technological revolution. Developers, hackers, activists, passavists, tree huggers and the like have jumped into a hive of activity to diversify how they use technology with the intention of maintaining their right to privacy.

More and more people are turning to encrypted email and chat programmes. People are becoming more and more discerning as to what services they use and are taking an interest in who own those services and what the relationship is with centralised authorities.

Developers and hackers are pumping out alternatives that are guaranteed to diversify how people communicate with each other. As people become aware of the privacy dangers of using centrally controlled systems a move to open source protocols can be expected with users having a choice of diversification of flavours. I certainly foresee that a plethora of encryption technologies will in the years to come, become the norm for any type of communication for the averagely paranoid individual.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

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