Privacy statements and online casinos

When registering at an online casino, your privacy is of utmost importance and you want to be joining a casino that values the importance of your privacy and respects it. You will find a casino’s privacy policy within the Terms and Conditions, which is something you need to check before signing up. A privacy policy is a legal document or a statement that will disclose some or all of the ways a party gathers players’ data. It will also detail how your personal information is used, managed and disclosed. Your personal information can be anything that is used to identify you as a person. This may include, but is not limited to your name, address, date of birth, contact information, financial records and credit information. The privacy policy will inform you what specific information is collected by the casino and whether it is kept confidential or shared with third parties. Privacy laws may differ across geographical boundaries and legal jurisdictions.


When you sign up to a casino and accept the Terms and Conditions, you are also accepting the Terms of the casino’s privacy policy. Therefore, you are acknowledging and allowing that casino to collect your personal information in order to allow you to play at that casino. You will be bound to the Data Protection Act. The privacy policy is in place to protect your personal information and to respect your privacy in accordance with best business practices and applicable laws. As part of the privacy policy, you also agree to have your personal information used as described in that specific policy. If you do not wish your personal details to be used, you should not accept the Terms and Conditions. Unfortunately, this would mean you will not be able to register at that casino or any other online casino. Once you have accepted the Terms and Conditions and the privacy policy, you are legally bound by them and cannot go back on them. If at any point you do not agree with your personal information being used, you must discontinue your use at that casino.


Personal information that you provide the casino with will be stored with that casino in the country they reside in, but they may also use your information outside of that country where the casino may hold affiliates or other facilities. When you register and play at a chosen casino, as part of the Privacy Act, you consent to the transfer of your information outside your country. The casino will use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from any unauthorised use or access.


Online casinos collect and gather your personal information in a number of different ways and each may use your information differently. A casino will collect personal information from you at time of registration and you may volunteer information to the casino. Personal information may also be disclosed in a public area of the casino or when you contact the casino. Once registered, the casino may use your personal information for billing purposes and to administer or manage your account. You may also receive promotions from the casino via email whereby your personal information is again being used. You can at any time opt out of receiving emails from the casino. This can usually be done by accessing your casino account information or by contacting the casino’s support. Once you have notified the casino, you do not want to receive newsletters or promotional updates they should immediately stop. While you can unsubscribe to these emails, you may continue to receive emails from some casinos, if it relates to security issues or technical issues.


When you register at a casino, it will validate your personal information that you supplied against appropriate third-party databases. Information that will be validated could be but is not limited to, your name and address. When you accept a casino’s Terms and Conditions, you consent to these checks being validated. Your information may be disclosed to a registered Credit Reference Agency and they have a right to keep a record of this information. If you do not consent to this, it is vital that you do not accept the casino’s Terms and Conditions. The only reason a casino shares this information is to confirm your identity and not to perform a credit check. Again, all of the information that is shared will be treated securely and strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Act.


A casino may also elect to share your personal information with third-party partners for marketing purposes, but this will only be done with your consent. Without your consent, the casino will be prohibited from sharing such information.


Something to be cautious with is if you click a third-party link from the casino website. Remember, if you are directed to a third-party website from your casino, that site will have its own privacy policy, which may indeed differ. It is important that you read their privacy policy and are comfortable with it before proceeding.


There are other times when a casino may disclose your personal information. They will do so if required by law to comply with any legal process or any governmental request. There may also be other times that a casino will be required to disclose your information, which can always be found in that casino’s privacy policy.


One thing that is important to remember is that the protection of your privacy begins with you. You are the sole person that is responsible for maintaining your security. That means your password and account ID. Do not tell anyone this information and keep it solely to yourself. However, you should always be careful when disclosing any of your personal information to an online casino.