Independent Licensing authorities are federal governments that have enacted legislation that gives them the right to regulate and license online gambling operation. Trusted independent regulatory authorities include the Malta Gaming Authority, UK Gambling Commission, and Curacao eGaming.
Malta Gaming Authority is an independent regulatory body responsible for the governance of all gaming activity in sectors including remote gambling, casinos, lottery, sweepstakes, bingo, sports betting and games of skill in Malta including both land-based and online. Its code of ethics and professional conducts include responsibility, respect, communication, transparency, professional competence, and honesty. The Malta Gaming Authority protects gamblers by safeguarding vulnerable people and minors from the impacts of gambling, verifying the integrity of games, ensuring fair gaming and safeguarding the right of players.
The UK Gambling Commission licenses and regulates businesses and those employed by casinos that provide gambling services in Great Britain. The gambling commission operates under the Gambling Act 2005. This was set up to regulate commercial gambling such as the National Lottery in Britain, and its main focus is to ensure gambling businesses are compliant with the act’s standards. Prior to the UK Gambling Commission awarding a gambling license, the following elements are considered; identity and ownership, integrity, competence, and criminality. Player fund protection stipulates that player funds are to be kept in a separate bank account to ensure players will receive money should problems such as bankruptcy occurs. All online gambling sites are required to provide players with updated policies and procedures to prevent underage gambling. They are required to clearly identify that underage gambling is illegal while stipulating legal gambling ages.
Curacao eGaming is recognized as one of the longest standing and politically stable gaming license providers. Its mission is to ensure legal conduct and the integrity of operators since 1996. A single license covers all forms of interactive eGaming including games of skill, lottery, sports betting and casinos.
Sites regulated and licensed by gambling authorities also protect players from privacy and security violations. Several
online gambling sites also receive the seal of approval from watchdog organizations such as the Gambling Commission. Sites displaying the eCOGRA seal of approval confirm that the site complies with the methodology for testing, which incorporates a combination of comprehensive compliance reviews performed annually.