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Brazil Sees Surge In Contactless Payments As Digital Revolution Gathers Pace

Data from the Central Bank of Brazil shows contactless credit card transactions in the country leapt from 23.1 percent of all transactions in 2022 to 31.1 percent in 2023, highlighting the evolving payments landscape.
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Bank Of Lithuania Takes On De-Risking With New Guidelines

From next year, financial institutions in Lithuania will need to comply with new requirements intended to improve payment service user experience, increase financial inclusion and implement money laundering risk management measures.
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Brazil Judge Orders Unlicensed Rio Operators To Account For Lack Of Authorisation

A Brazilian court has ordered the National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) to ask sports betting and online casino operators not licensed by the Rio de Janeiro Lottery to account for their operations in the state.
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Finland's Draft Licensing Law Does Not Include Cooling-Off Period

Finland’s new draft law does not include a cooling-off period but “past infringements will lead to the rejection of licence applications”, according to a local legal advisor.
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Brazil Sees Surge In Contactless Payments As Digital Revolution Gathers Pace

Data from the Central Bank of Brazil shows contactless credit card transactions in the country leapt from 23.1 percent of all transactions in 2022 to 31.1 percent in 2023, highlighting the evolving payments landscape.
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Payments

Bank Of Lithuania Takes On De-Risking With New Guidelines

From next year, financial institutions in Lithuania will need to comply with new requirements intended to improve payment service user experience, increase financial inclusion and implement money laundering risk management measures.
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Payments

Brazil Judge Orders Unlicensed Rio Operators To Account For Lack Of Authorisation

A Brazilian court has ordered the National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) to ask sports betting and online casino operators not licensed by the Rio de Janeiro Lottery to account for their operations in the state.
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Gambling

Finland's Draft Licensing Law Does Not Include Cooling-Off Period

Finland’s new draft law does not include a cooling-off period but “past infringements will lead to the rejection of licence applications”, according to a local legal advisor.
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Gambling

Questions Linger For Canadian Gaming Expansion Beyond Ontario, Alberta

With one province embracing a privatized online gaming model, and another soon to follow, the question for many becomes if and when the rest of Canada will follow suit.
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Gambling

CFPB Takes Aim At BNPL Regulatory Loopholes In The US

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has vowed to close regulatory loopholes that benefit buy now, pay later (BNPL) lenders, in an effort to regulate the sector in the same way as credit cards.
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Payments

UK Payments Lobby Presses For APP Fraud Rules Delay After Top Regulator Quits

Authorised push payment (APP) fraud rules should be delayed by a year, the UK payments lobby has said, after the head of the Payment Systems Regulator abruptly left his post.
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Payments

Michigan Considers Targeting Bovada Suppliers, More Offshore Gaming Sites

While waiting for Bovada’s response to an order to cut off access to its website by Michigan residents, state gaming regulators insist the company will not be the last offshore casino and sports-betting site they target for illegally operating in the state.
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Gambling

Future Of UK Open Banking Secure Despite Bill Setback, Says Open Banking Limited CEO

Open Banking Limited's CEO has stated in an exclusive interview with Vixio that uncertainty over the UK Data Protection and Digital Information (DPDI) bill will not affect the future of open banking.
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Payments

US CFPB Issues Guidelines For Open Banking Standards Setters

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has outlined the requirements for industry standard-setting bodies to gain official recognition, aiding compliance with the upcoming Personal Financial Data Rights rule.
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Payments

Duty Of Care Fines On Dutch Horizon

A new unit is being set up at the Netherlands Gambling Authority to monitor how gambling operators fulfil their duty of care, and to hand out fines to those who do not meet the regulator’s standards.
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Gambling

Regulator Clarifies 'Brazilian' Licensing Requirement

Brazil’s Ministry of Finance has now answered one of the burning questions that operators have been asking as the country’s licensing process opens and officials intend to answer another one related to permissible casino games before the end of July, according to the ministry’s newly appointed chief gambling regulator.
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Gambling

FCA 'Name And Shame' Plans Concern UK Financial Sector

Plans by the UK financial regulator to "name and shame" companies under investigation could cause reputational damage and a loss of business for companies that are later found to be innocent, people in the industry have warned.
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Payments

Nium Notches Up Licences In Over 40 Countries, As APAC Revenue Doubles

Cross-border payments firm Nium is seeing rapid growth in Asia-Pacific, a trend that its regional manager puts down to being "hyper licensed" and to working closely with local regulators.
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Payments

U.S. Gaming Regulators Push Back Against Dave & Buster's Betting Plans

U.S. gaming regulators and lawmakers believe the move by prominent arcade chain Dave & Buster’s to incorporate peer-to-peer wagering into its loyalty app will violate state gambling laws.
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Gambling

Brazil System Standards Open Door For Loyalty Bonuses

Brazil has continued to roll out regulations for online gambling by releasing detailed technical standards for betting and gaming systems via an ordinance that also implies that licensed operators will be able to offer retention bonuses for players.
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Gambling

U.S. Gaming Companies Confronting Compliance Pitfalls In Less Regulated Jurisdictions

As more global jurisdictions legalize land-based or online gambling there are greater international opportunities for U.S. operators and suppliers, but also pitfalls in jurisdictions that may have less developed regulatory regimes.
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Gambling

U.S. Gaming Industry's Cashless Adoption Slowing Post-COVID

Although the pandemic may have accelerated the move by U.S. consumers toward touch-free, cashless payment methods in general, that transition has taken casinos longer to embrace due to various factors, including the industry’s strict regulatory environment.
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Gambling

Romania Looks To Lead EU In Crypto Crime Fight With ChainArgos

Romania has stepped up its efforts to tackle crypto crime with a first-of-it-kind partnership with ChainArgos, the blockchain intelligence firm that took down the Binance stablecoin last year.
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Payments

Amazon Denies 'Ditching' Just Walk Out Technology

Amazon has denied reports that it plans to “ditch” Just Walk Out, saying that it will continue to deploy its autonomous checkout technology in certain US and UK stores, while transitioning to another system in large US supermarkets.
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Ohio Lawmakers Support iGaming, Slam Sports-Betting Tax Hike

Three Republican House members on an 11-person study commission have come out in support of legalizing online gaming and interactive lottery operations in Ohio but criticized the state’s sports-betting tax hike, saying it has hampered the industry’s growth.
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Chile Upholds Ban On Daytime TV Gambling Ads

A court in Chile has ruled that broadcasting online gambling advertisements on television between the hours of 6am and 10pm violates national laws.
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News In Brief: July 15-July 19, 2024

Iowa could approve new casino licenses in 2025 and Bovada adds West Virginia to growing list of restricted states.
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Illegal Gambling In France Exploded During Euro 2024, Says Online Trade Group

France’s illegal sports-betting market has continued to grow as during the recent Euro 2024 football competition illegal online casinos continued to lure players away from the licensed market, according to the French Online Gaming Association (AFJEL).
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Daily Dash: BaFin Comes Down Hard On Solaris

The German Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) has ordered Solaris to address major deficiencies in its money laundering prevention and risk management systems, and Irish small and medium-sized businesses lost nearly €10m to email-related fraud last year, FraudSMART says.
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Bank Of Lithuania Restricts Foxpay, Appoints Supervisory Representative

The Bank of Lithuania has taken further action against mismanagement in the local fintech ecosystem, placing restrictions on e-money firm Foxpay.
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US Credit Card Surcharging Remains A Confusing Patchwork

The rules on credit card surcharges in the US make for a complex and confusing landscape for vendors, merchants and issuers alike, with proposed regulatory amendments and potential administrative change in Washington, DC only adding to the uncertainty.
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Daily Dash: Finfluencer Trials Tipped For 2027

Nine individuals in the UK are facing a trial after being charged over an unauthorised forex trading scheme promoted on social media, while Citigroup has been fined $135.6m by US regulators for persistent risk management and data governance issues.
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Regulatory Influencer: Thai Programmable Payments — To Boldly Go Where No Pilot Has Gone Before

The Bank of Thailand (BOT) is currently inviting applications (until September 23, 2024) for its programmable payments trial as part of its Enhanced Regulatory Sandbox that launched in June. The sandbox is intended to allow participants to test innovative financial products under specific thematic initiatives determined by the bank.
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Curaçao Reopens Licence Applications

The Curaçao Gaming Control Board has reopened its licence application portal to allow interested operators to register for a new regime that has still not been enacted.
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