The Importance of Sportsbook Security & Privacy

Sports betting is a multi-billion dollar per year industry and with that comes great needs for security and privacy. As a bettor, it is important to understand how a sportsbook maintains customer data and what they may do with it, if anything.

The same goes for privacy. In sharing personal, private, and financial data with a sportsbook; customers do so with the assumption that all of their data is protected. In essence, bettors trust their sportsbook with their identity.

When searching for a sportsbook then, you have to do the proper research.

Physical Security

In your research, it would be nice to know that a sportsbook’s facilities are under 24-hour surveillance. It would give a prospective bettor great confidence knowing that entry into the facilities was activated by key card or some other form of secure access.

Finding this information about a sportsbook’s physical security might be difficult. If you can find it though, you will know that the operation is a good candidate for your business.

Digital Security

This is where bettors really need to pay attention.

What does a sportsbook do behind the scenes to make customers feel safe?

The average bettor likely doesn’t understand digital encryption or DDoS attacks. Still, that same bettor wants to feel safe and secure placing bets.

Do your due diligence and research a sportsbook’s digital security. Make sure they have firewalls in place to protect against any form of cyber-attack. Find out if they have the latest in encryption technology to ensure every transaction made is safe.


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Privacy Statements

When researching for an online sportsbook, you will find somewhere on the company website a privacy policy. Each sportsbook has a certain method for handling your personal data. You want to work with sportsbooks that do not gather your personal information and use it without your knowledge.

Some sportsbooks will use your information – name, address, email address, for example – to send you marketing information. You can opt-in to receive marketing information via SMS text message, if you prefer. You can always opt-out of such communication.

The bottom line is you want a sportsbook that will keep your personal information private. Find and work with sportsbooks that do not sell your personal information to third parties.

Understanding the Law

One of the biggest factors that will protect you as a sports bettor in the use of a sportsbook is the law. In the United States, sportsbooks operate according to the rules and requirements of certain federal and state laws.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), for example, has a number of rules related to the collection of and storage of personal data.

A number of states – California and Nevada, for example – have laws that require a sportsbook to post its privacy policy and data collection practices. These laws work to protect sports bettors and their personal and financial information.

Sportsbook Reviews

In searching for a sportsbook you can trust, one of the easiest things you can do is simply read the reviews. We recommend the best sports betting sites of 2020, found right here at Most reviews will always have the basics like deposit and withdrawal options and bonuses and promotions, however, you will find all the information you need in our reviews. However, in many cases, you will find information about security and privacy. 

Do yourself a favor and read it. Find a sportsbook that makes you feel safe and secure, one that you can trust, and enjoy the experience of being a sports bettor.

About the Author

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.

His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.

When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.