What and how do bingo sites collect information about you and how is it used?
When you communicate with a bingo website (such as signing up), you will be asked for your name, geographic address and email address as a minimum, which also helps them with their KYC (Know Your Customer) policy so that they can carry out checks.
How is the information protected?
By law, all bingo sites are required to make sure their site is encrypted using advanced SSL (Secure Socket Layer) technology. This secure server software encrypts your information that you input which makes it almost impossible for outside parties to get this data if they try to hack into the particular site. This security is in line with strict protocols detailed in the 1998 Data Protection Act, as bingo increases in popularity.
This is a piece of information which is stored on a computer’s hard drive by your web browser. When you go back to the bingo site, the servers that the computer is running on, is able to recognise the cookies which provides information about the last time you visited it and what your activity was, which helps to understand your preferences.
What to do if you are concerned that your data is being mishandled
If you have any worries about the use of your data, the best thing to do is to get into contact with the bingo site itself, raise this as an issue and they have an obligation to launch an investigation. This could be particularly relevant if you have ticked an ‘opt-out’ box and are still receiving marketing materials, especially if it is from an associated third party. Furthermore, you can also get in touch with the relevant gambling commission (UKGC) who also have a responsibility to look into the actions of the site itself.