The Dutch online gambling association Speel Verantwoord has been the first association to support the new pan-European code of conduct for the online gambling sector established by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA).
The Code of Conduct on Data Protection in Online Gambling will detail a range of industry data security requirements, improving compliance by the sector with GDPR.
EGBA general secretary Maarten Haijer said: “We’re very pleased with the support of Speel Verantwoord and its commitment to protecting the personal data of Dutch customers. We’re also pleased to be one of Europe’s first digital sectors to introduce a self-regulatory code for data protection which supports compliance with GDPR.
“This code will ensure that customers understand how their personal data is being used and provides important guidance on how companies should use personal data in their interactions with customers, including how they identify and address problem gambling behaviour.”
Speel Verantwoord must officially support the code and enforce its members’ recommendations – while urging other Netherlands gaming firms to sign up to the code.
Upon approval by the data protection authorities of Europe, the code will apply to members of EGBA and other online gambling firms that sign up to it, and an impartial third party will track its implementation.
Peter-Paul De Goeij, Speel Verantwoord managing director added: “Speel Verantwoord applauds EGBA for its ground-breaking initiative. Data protection is of an ever-increasing importance, especially in the online gambling industry.
“We therefore endorse this code and join EGBA wholeheartedly in its endeavours to protect player’s personal data whilst at the same time enabling operators to handle privacy sensitive information to the best interest of their customers and ensuring data is kept safe and uncompromised. This code can serve as a good supplement to local Dutch GDPR requirements and it will increase trust that players will have in their operator of choice.”