BETTING KENYA Why Cofek wants speed dial feature used by betting companies banned 2 weeks ago Samuel Post Views: 91 The Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek) has gone to court seeking intervention over the introduction of a ‘speed dial’ feature used by betting companies to advertise betting, lottery, and gaming activities. The speed dial feature is available on several internet browsers that are frequently used or most visited. The feature, which is presented in the form of visual thumbnails, allows the user to land on a betting company’s website with a single click. According to Cofek, the use of speed dials by betting companies to spread information poses a great risk to consumers, especially minors. The court application filed through Cofek lawyer Lydia Kemunto accuses the Betting Control and Licensing Board, Communication Authority of Kenya, and Office of the Attorney General of neglecting their duties and allowing betting companies to use the speed dial feature. “The respondents individually and collectively are mandated to undertake the regulation of the internet and betting which unfortunately have either been neglected and/or ignored and thus allowing unlimited, invasive and uncensored predatory advertisement,” – part of the petition reads. The application which has been approved as a matter of urgency by High Court Lady Justice Hedwig I. Ong’udi will be mentioned on September 19, 2023. The federation stated that it raised the matter on behave of millions of consumers in the country, who feel that betting companies in the country are on the rise. Some of the betting firms mentioned in court documents have been accused of blatantly ignoring the regulatory body. The federation has also expressed its displeasure with the respondents and interested parties for failing to take action, saying their inaction has caused and continues to pose great risk to minors and vulnerable people through the vice of gambling. Cofek said the respondents in the case have individual and collective roles in monitoring the activities on the internet to safeguard Kenyans from exploitation by third parties including but not limited to internet browsers in Kenya. Other interested parties mentioned in the case include the ICT Cabinet Secretary, the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, and the Competition Authority of Kenya. Source: nairobinews.nation.africa About Post Author Samuel I am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. See author's posts SamuelI am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: Cofek, Kenya, sports betting Continue Reading Previous Spotlight on Localisation of Sports Betting at 2023 SBWA ConferenceNext Nigeria: NLRC Commends Betway For Compliance More Stories BETTING HOT NEWS NIGERIA Nigeria’s appetite for fintech solutions increase for technological evolution 5 hours ago Samuel EXPERTS KENYA Tools Kenyan players can use instead of GamStop for responsible gambling 6 hours ago Szarlot BETTING KENYA Beez FC Wins 13th Edition Of KOT 5 Aside Tournament 6 hours ago Samuel EXPERTS KENYA Digital wallets as an enabler for financial services in Africa 3 days ago Szarlot BETTING KENYA Betting firms tax remittance hit Ksh 15B in FY2022/23 3 days ago Szarlot EXPERTS KENYA Unlocking the power of mobile trading: A financial revolution in Kenya 4 days ago Samuel BETTING GHANA Why ‘Sewing Machine’ is trending in the world of sports betting 4 days ago Samuel BETTING NIGERIA The growing trend of mobile betting in Nigeria 5 days ago Samuel BETTING NIGERIA Innovations in responsible gambling: Betbonanza’s initiatives for safer betting 5 days ago Samuel BETTING ZAMBIA Amplifying Sports Betting with Music Ambassadors 6 days ago Szarlot BETTING UGANDA Uganda: Man Wins Shs 300,000 in Sports Betting, Dies Mysteriously 6 days ago Szarlot KENYA ONLINE Xprizo partners with African payments provider M-Pesa 6 days ago Samuel Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.