Mr Taylor told us that “We have signed confidentiality agreements to prevent copycat claims, but nothing prevents the information going to the Gambling Commission, and we would explicitly notify it of those as well.” However, we subsequently received written evidence from Flutter Entertainment plc, the owners of Paddy Power Betfair, which demonstrates the lengths to which they are prepared to go to attempt to confuse what is in fact a very simple issue: “We welcome the opportunity to clarify the difference between NDAs and settlement agreements, which are terms often used interchangeably despite them being very different. An NDA (or a non-disclosure agreement) is an agreement between two or more parties that contains obligations on those parties to keep certain information confidential. NDAs are used widely for many different business reasons and not simply to settle disputes between parties suissecasinoenligne.com/machines-a-sous/.
NDAs also often do not require one party to make a payment to the other. A settlement agreement, on the other hand, is an agreement between two (or more) parties where the purpose is to specifically settle a dispute. Settlement agreements will invariably include confidentiality obligations on the respective parties, which have the primary purpose of stopping fraudulent copy-cat claims.
We would like to place on the record once again that Paddy Power and Betfair do not use NDAs when settling disputes with customers, however we do use settlement agreements. Although our settlement agreements do contain confidentiality provisions, as explained previously, we have never included a provision within any settlement agreement with a customer that would preclude that customer from contacting the Gambling Commission.”426