SBC News Swedish Sports and Gambling to prepare for common exchange on match-fixing data

Swedish Sports and Gambling to prepare for common exchange on match-fixing data

Swedish gambling will enter a transformative phase during H2 as the government launches its new cooperative framework to combat match-fixing across all levels of professional and amateur sports.

Yesterday, Camilla Rosenberg, Director General of Spelinspektionen, Sweden’s Gambling Inspectorate, joined Minister of Financial Markets Niklas Wykman to inform stakeholders of upcoming duties.

Approved by the Riksdag in 2023, Swedish gambling and sporting bodies will adopt the “Measures Against Match-Fixing and Unlicensed Gambling Operations,” applying new controls and duties to report and co-share data on threats related to match-fixing and sports integrity.

As such, all relevant stakeholders in Swedish sports and gambling will share a cooperative platform for data sharing, and will be required to flag any suspected event of match-fixing on the common platform.

The platform sees the government change its approach to coordinating match-fixing investigations, by applying a data-led multi-stakeholder approach, helping to identify threats and report incidents to a dedicated police unit.

The primary aim of the new framework is to expand Swedish sports integrity’s exchange of information among key stakeholders in sports and gambling to detect and combat match-fixing.

Minister Wykman explained: “Match-fixing fattens the gangs at the same time as, among other things, harm is done to youth sports. Athletes should not be pawns in the activities of organised crime. In order to fight crime and protect sports, it is important to stop match-fixing.”

The data-sharing duties of the programme were passed into Swedish law as new amendments added to Sweden’s Gaming Act of 2018.

Significantly, the amendments required the Riksdag’s (parliament) approval for changes to Chapter 17 of the Gambling Act, which must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union related to the sharing of consumer data.

The data-sharing platform will be overseen by Spelinspektionen, as a new regulatory duty of the Inspectorate coming into force from 1 July 2024.

As detailed by the Inspectorate: “Through expanded opportunities to share information, an overall picture of concrete suspicions can be created based on a compilation of vague suspicions by individual actors. It is therefore of great importance that these actors can exchange information with each other.”

Above all, opportunities and obligations are now being introduced for sports federations, betting companies, and the Swedish Gambling Authority to exchange information with each other in case of suspected match-fixing.

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