An international operation has found that the affiliate marketing industry has significant issues to overcome in terms of compliance with rules concerning privacy and unsolicited communications.
Affiliate marketing is a commercial arrangement allowing a company to generate business by allowing other organisations (“affiliates”) to promote their products or services. For example, an online retailer may pay commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals, by hosting links on its own site or sending links out via email or text message.
A global intelligence-gathering operation by the Unsolicited Communications Enforcement Network (UCENet), involving nine agencies from five countries, visited 902 websites and also examined 6,536 consumer complaints related to affiliate marketing in their respective databases. The issues they found included:
Apparent lack of self-regulation: A majority of participants noted that most of the publicly available terms of services between the affiliates, the merchants, and the affiliate platforms lacked appropriate unsolicited communication guidelines establishing what is permissible.
Lack of consent: Some participating countries that have an opt-in unsolicited communication regime noted that affiliates generally do not possess the consent of the consumer to send electronic communications.
Misleading advertising: Many participants noted the prevalence of misleading advertising in the affiliate marketing ecosystem. Within minutes of beginning their research, sweepers were exposed to some form of misleading advertising.
Affiliate marketing platforms: Some affiliate marketing platforms, which operate as a third party agent handling interactions and payments between merchants and affiliates, have a short lifespan (often less than a year) and conceal their physical location, potentially making enforcement a challenge.
Of the 902 international websites visited during the sweep, 221 were flagged for further action. However, the operation also found many examples of good practice in the industry, demonstrating that compliance with laws on unsolicited marketing can be easily achieved.
The UCENet Sweep 2017 was jointly led by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
BuzzBingo.com teams up with Rightlander to boost affiliate compliance measures
Tier one operator becomes the latest to leverage Rightlander’s innovative compliance platform
Buzz Bingo has become the latest tier one operator to partner with leading compliance experts, Rightlander.com, to boost their responsible gambling capabilities.
The Rightlander compliance platform consists of several affiliate compliance tools that are tailored to cover market specific legislation and advertising standards. These include the Automated Compliance Monitor, PPC Monitor and Affiliate Mapping Tools all of which assist operators manage and monitor their affiliate traffic on-demand.
The Automated Compliance Monitor detects non-compliant content across multiple territories and flags violations such as missing terms and conditions, outdated offers, and incorrect marketing assets. This helps ensure that affiliates are aligned with the brand and marketing message, further strengthening Buzz Bingo’s compliance strategy.
The PPC Monitor identifies harmful ads to stop them from appearing on an operator’s branded keywords while the Affiliate Mapping Tool helps operators map previously undeclared affiliate sites to known affiliates.
Commenting on the partnership, Nicole Mitton, Head of Customer Success at Rightlander.com, said: “Operators understand the importance of ensuring that affiliates sending traffic to their sites are acting responsibly, but monitoring and managing all of this can be daunting.”
“The Rightlander platform takes the hassle out of ensuring affiliate compliance, and we are delighted to be working with Buzz Bingo to help them improve their processes and better manage their affiliate partners.”
David Abrams, Senior Online Media Manager at Buzz Bingo, said: “Responsible gambling measures are one of the highest priorities to us as an operator and partnering with Rightlander means we can ensure we’re running an even more robust and compliant affiliate strategy. Working with multiple affiliates, we need to ensure they are completely aligned with our responsible gambling positioning at all times, and this requires careful monitoring of all traffic coming our way. The Rightlander platform does exactly that so we’re very happy to be working with them”.
BonusFinder granted affiliate licence for Virginia
Top affiliate site BonusFinder.com has been given a licence to operate in the US state of Virginia, complementing its suite of licences for the country’s other regulated states which includes New Jersey, West Virginia, and Illinois.
BonusFinder.com Managing Director Fintan Costello celebrated the new approval, saying: “This increases BonusFinder.com’s reach into regulated US markets and we cannot wait to bring the best deals and bonuses for sports betting to players in Virginia.”
Presently there are five sports betting providers licensed in the state: Betfair, Draft Kings, BetMGM, Rivers Casino Portsmouth, and Caesars Virginia. Twelve licences are ultimately available, so the market is anticipated to grow, plus a further five to be allocated to the state’s newly-approved bricks-and-mortar casinos.
Despite the state enjoying a population of over 8.5m people, land-based casino gambling has arrived quite late, with the first of five casinos scheduled to open in 2022.
Virginia’s Sports Betting Vendor licence is the first of its kind to be done entirely by online application.
King Billy Casino. King of Malta!
When it comes to competitive advantages in the world of online gaming, few things can compare to the big license from the small country. We are talking of course about the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) license, which, believe it or not, has even its own slogan “Brings the odds to your favour”.
The Malta Gaming Authority has become the world’s preferred global remote gaming regulator by offering a stable legal framework for online players, operators and service providers. Companies wishing to obtain a gambling license from MGA must meet a number of strict criteria in terms of credibility, ownership structure, integrity and competence.
Criteria, which, more or less, are innate qualities of a King, aren’t they? So, it comes as no surprise that King Billy Casino, owner of so many impressive industry distinctions, awards and trophies in less than 3 years of existence is now also a proud holder of the MGA license.
King Billy Casino Chief Business Development Officer Julia Bereza says: “For all of us who have been with the King since his earliest days, this is stunning news! However, obtaining the license was only the first step. The team working on the project is committed 200% to explore an all the new opportunities the MGA license gives. Being part of King Billy always makes us remember that we are making history here!”
But is the new license going to make history for King Billy Casino’s players too? Bereza smiles and points out “You bet it is! The crystal clear Malta regulations and terms combined with the “always transparent” policy of King Billy will make the relationship with our players even more trustworthy, reliable and secure.
In addition, acquiring a wide range of EU accepted payment systems will make every King Billy Casino player especially comfortable with depositing and withdrawing. We can’t wait to see where this will take us!”
To another award perhaps for the new King of Malta?
The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is a Malta-based Gaming Control Board. Its mission, since its inception in 2001, has revolved around the principle of having a fair and transparent gaming sector in Malta to safeguard against crime and corruption, and to offer protection to minors and vulnerable players.
King Billy Casino is a new generation online casino, available in 6 languages (English, German, Russian, Finnish, Norwegian and Japanese) with an impressive record in awards and an amazing variety of games and features. King Billy has prioritized the creation of a superb user experience focusing on the myth of King Billy and his Kingdom and treats all players with the specialness they deserve.
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