The French Unified Gambling Regulator, l’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ), has released a complete rundown of the technical specifications and data obligations to be reported with the Authority by licensed operators.
The ANJ released its ‘technical command’ on licensed operators who have taken charge of French online gaming, retail betting, horse racing and lottery regulatory oversight.
Technical criteria for vertical gambling
The paper outlines the technical criteria for vertical gambling (sports betting, lottery betting, poker betting and horse betting) to be guaranteed by approved incumbents.
In addition, the ANJ includes a complete rundown of enforcement procedures to be followed by operators during customer handling, including player account monitoring, payment threshold verification, identity validation, cross-referencing address, and further references.
Requirements to archive material
With regard to its data policy, as a legal and regulatory responsibility, the ANJ has developed a new system of ‘requirements to archive material.’
Operators must ensure that they comply with the ‘architectural and functional’ specifications of the ANJ relating to data collection, surveillance, security, storage and administrative rights.
The ANJ includes a comprehensive breakdown of all gambling discipline data variables that must be processed and secured by licensees.
Requirements for sports betting data consider that operators must guarantee ‘periodic information’ on the type of player bet, sport, occurrence and final outcome. In addition, all sportsbook operators must maintain historical records on winning bets and bet cancellations from customers.
Operators must ensure that ‘ANJ agents’ can be given ‘remote access’ to data as a licensee duty in all verticals as a further market regulation.
Market controls and technical specifications of the ANJ were forwarded for competitive approval to the European Council, with the regulatory authority informing the French incumbents at a general meeting on 21 January of the reforms.