Just weeks after the British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s new online gambling website crashed, compromising the personal information of 134 customers, PlayNow.com has been re-launched.
According to the BCLC, the glitch was caused by a “data crossover”, which caused the servers to assign personal information to the wrong customers. This resulted in players being able to view the banking and credit card information of others, although it has not been revealed if any fraudulent acts were committed.
After the website was shut down, the BCLC and other departments in B.C.’s government conducted a four-part review of the website. The website also underwent an extensive regulatory approval process. While the province’s privacy commissioner stated that she could not find any further issues, the government will still continue investigating the website after the re-launch in order to ensure that the site has enough security in place to sufficiently protect the personal information of its players.
However, many players are not convinced that the website is safe yet. The “rigorous” review did not take as long as anyone in the online gambling industry expected, and it seems that it will be a long time before PlayNow.com regains any credibility.