The Dutch online gambling association Speel Verantwoord has become the first association to endorse the European Gaming and Betting Association’s new pan-European code of conduct on data protection for the online gambling sector.
The Code of Conduct on Data Protection in Online Gambling will outline a number of data protection standards for the industry, reinforcing the sector’s compliance with GDPR.
Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA 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 will publicly endorse the code, as well as promoting the guidelines to its members – while also encouraging other Dutch gambling companies to sign up to the code.
Upon its approval by Europe’s data protection authorities, the code will apply to EGBA members and other online gambling companies who sign up to it, and its application will be monitored by an independent third party.
Peter-Paul De Goeij, Managing Director, Speel Verantwoord 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.”