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Speel Verantwoord Endorses EGBA’s New Data Protection Code

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The Dutch online gambling association Speel Verantwoord has endorsed EGBA’s new pan-European code of conduct on data protection for the online gambling sector.

Speel Verantwoord is the first national gambling association to publicly endorse the code and it will now promote the code to its members and encourage other gambling companies in the Netherlands to sign up to it.

The Code of Conduct on Data Protection in Online Gambling sets long-term data protection standards for Europe’s online gambling sector and is intended to complement and reinforce the sector’s compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

“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,” Maarten Haijer, Secretary-General of EGBA, said.

“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,” Peter-Paul De Goeij, Managing Director of Speel Verantwoord, said.

 

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CT Gaming Interactive Secures Spanish Licence

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CT Gaming Interactive has received the licence to provide its online content in the Spanish regulated market. The company’s online casino games will be soon live and available in Spain.

The news comes after CT Gaming’s recent certification for the Italian market, cementing the developer’s presence in the European online gaming market.

“Following our successful licencing process in Spain we are ready to launch our content for the market. We are confident that the players will enjoy the unique experience our games offer. This is an important step for CT Gaming Interactive and the next milestone in our growth strategy to expand on regulated markets,” Lachezar Petrov, General Manager of CT Gaming Interactive, said.

“We are excited to start offering our content to the Spanish market. We are in the final stages of negotiating with the biggest platform in the country that will avail operators to have our well known and preferred by players games,” Lachezar Petrov added.

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EU Report Suggests Consumer Protection Approach to Tackle Loot Boxes

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A report commissioned by the EU Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee has recently come to the conclusion that the EU should stop approaching loot boxes as a gambling issue and treat the practice as a consumer protection issue.

The report concludes that while the problematic practice can be dangerous due to the way that it can prey on obsession and addiction, especially in younger players, gambling can only be regulated on a country to country basis. This would leave the rule of law for loot boxes and gambling in gaming fragmented among the Member States that make up the EU as each country will be allowed to create there rules separate from the others.

“Since gambling is a national competence of the Member States, approaching the issue from this angle may lead to a fragmented market for video games within the EU… It is therefore recommended to tackle problematic game designs from a wider consumer protection perspective,” the report said.

As a result of this report, the recommendation has been made that loot boxes and problematic game designs be treated as a consumer protection issues, which the EU has the power to set standards for across all Member States. This conclusion comes from the risks that loot boxes can pose to vulnerable and younger players who either may build addictive behaviours, or not understand the true values of their purchases.

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Gaming Innovation Group receives CSIE license in New Jersey, USA

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Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) is pleased to announce its subsidiary, iGaming Cloud Inc., has today been granted a permanent casino service industry enterprise license (CSIE) from the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) in New Jersey, USA. The application was filed back in June 2018, and GiG has supported Hard Rock International’s casino operations in New Jersey under a so-called transactional waiver pending the final approval.

The license is granted for five years and gives GiG a permanent license to provide its real-money online casino platform solution to operators in the state of New Jersey.

Richard Brown, CEO of GiG says: “We are delighted to receive the CSIE license after a long and comprehensive process. This is a great achievement for GiG and gives us a solid confirmation that our platform, procedures and operations are meeting the highest standards out there.”

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