The Netherlands’ gambling regulatory authority, the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has launched a consultation to gather feedback on how operator data should be collected and interpreted to aid in the fight against gambling addiction.
All licenced operators are required to “systematically register and analyse data relating to the player’s gaming behaviour” under the conditions of the KOA regime, which went into effect on October 1 and inaugurated the Netherlands’ regulated online gambling industry.
According to the KSA, maintaining and submitting quarterly reports by licenced operators is a major requirement of KOA obligations.
Data from the reports will be utilised by KSA to strengthen the regulator’s control of the KOA regime, optimise the management of the CRUKS self-exclusion system, and conduct scientific research for Dutch health agencies to assist reduce gambling hazards.
‘Addiction Prevention Fund (VPF)’
KSA has established a ‘Addiction Prevention Fund (VPF)’ that will be funded by taxes produced from the online gaming business, coinciding with the start of the KOA regime.
VPF responsibilities will be imposed on licenced online gambling operators to assist KSA in achieving its three goals of providing anonymous treatment, improving gambling addiction research, and establishing a centralised ‘National Counter’ where all problem gamblers and their families can register and seek advice.
KSA has selected Zorginstituut – the Netherlands National Health Care Institute to establish a new framework for the treatment and support of gambling addiction, in accordance with VPF directives.
Meanwhile, the Dutch social welfare institute ZonMW will serve as the principal addiction and hazards research agency, overseeing how operator and market data should be interpreted.