|Stuart Kernaghan in WinnerOnline.com writes that the issue of privacy is becoming more of a concern to people as they spend more time online. Most alarming are those sites, of any nature, which track their visitors for their shopping habits. |
Other sites ask for personal information (including contact information) than might be wise to divulge on the Internet.
Online casinos ask for your name, address, and e-mail address as a matter of course, and that helps the casino to get your winner’s check to you, writes Kernaghan. But other online casinos ask for more. Casino Atlantis “... requires a copy of your passport and a utility bill with your name and correct mailing address. Hard Rock Casino asks for a passport copy and recent bank or credit card statement. Others, like some World Gaming licensees, ask for a copy of your passport or driver's license.”
The casinos who ask for this additional information say that they simply want to protect themselves, and their customers as well, against fraud. The additional information “... protects casinos in the event that someone tries to set up an account with a stolen credit card or [if] there is a dispute over a withdrawal.”
But these casinos also ask for all this information in order to verify the location and age of the player, thereby complying with laws that pertain to limiting the age of online gamblers. “Licensing jurisdictions like the Isle of Man require casinos to block players that are under the age of 18 and from certain parts of the world. It's fairly easy to lie about these things in an online form, but it's much more difficult when you have to send in your passport,” writes Kernaghan, who also warns us:
“Before sending any ... personal information ... make sure the casino has a good reputation and track record. Read the user agreement, the terms and conditions, or the FAQ page before you make a deposit. It isn't a bad idea to check out the privacy statement while you're at it, and don't be afraid to call customer service if you've still got questions.”
For more information about online privacy issues, please go to any of these www sites: computerprivacy.org; epic.org/crypto; www.truste.org; privacyalliance.org.