EGBA launched consultation for code of conduct on GDPR

The Code aims to add value to the implementation of the GDPR by providing sector-specific guidance for online gambling companies.
The Code aims to add value to the implementation of the GDPR by providing sector-specific guidance for online gambling companies.

The European association EGBA has launched a consultation for an online gambling industry code of conduct on GDPR.

Belgium.- The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has launched a consultation on its draft online gambling industry Code of Conduct for compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR).

The association said that it is interested in the views of Europe-based online gambling companies, regulators and other interested parties. The deadline to submit views through email is February 25, 2020.

The Code aims to add value to the implementation of the GDPR by providing sector-specific guidance for online gambling companies, through the use of examples and best practices, on how to comply with the GDPR. The Code will apply to EGBA members and is open for adherence by other online gambling companies, provided they adhere to its full content. Adherence to the Code does not absolve any online gambling company from having to comply with the GDPR and other applicable EU or national data protection law.

The finalised Code will be published on EGBA’s website in Spring 2020, where it will be available for interested parties to sign up to. More information on the publication and how interested parties can sign up to the Code will follow.

EGBA discussed Germany’s new regulations

EGBA has recently issued a statement in which it welcomes progress on Germany’s new draft state treaty for gambling regulation, which was provisionally agreed last week by Germany’s regional state authorities.

The new treaty, which will be voted at the Minister-Presidents meeting on March, would replace the existing second state treaty and come into force on July 1, 2021. It aims to regulate the local activity in a more effective way and ensure gambling takes place within the legal, regulated gambling environment, particularly in the online sector. This will be a challenge given the very low channelling rates in the German gambling market.

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