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The GDPR Simplified For Online Casino Players

By: Mark Freedman, Friday May 25th 2018
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union has come into force from May 25, 2018. These prescribe how personal user information has to be handled by online sites, including online casinos.

Privacy of personal information has always been a concern at online casinos, despite there being policies in place and regulation by competent authorities. In fact this has been the case with all online portals. If players want to play at an online casino they have to accept the terms and conditions even if they are not comfortable with it. The seriousness of the issue was highlighted by the data leak from Facebook.

Many popular online casinos are licensed by EU regulatory authorities like the Malta Gaming Authority and the Government of Gibraltar. The privacy guidelines were earlier given under the Data Protection Directive. As its name suggests, this was only a directive by the European Union. It was not legally binding on the online casinos. There was a case for adding teeth to this aspect of online casino regulation. The GDPR was adopted in April 2016. The online operators were given a period of two years to make the required changes in their systems. This is a regulation and is directly binding on all online service operators without the need for national governments to pass any enabling legislation.

The GDPR aims to create better protection of personal information of online casino players, such as their names, addresses and other demographic details. At the same time it standardises regulation within the EU so that privacy issues become easier to monitor and detect. One of the key aspects of the GDPR is that the personally identifiable information of online casino players must be stored with complete anonymization. Simply stated, this means that the information is stored in separate places. The data from any one place cannot be used to identify a subject. Therefore leakage or misuse at one place is effectively meaningless. In order to prevent misuse in the first place, online casinos must employ the highest-possible privacy settings by default.

The other key aspect of the GDPR is the consent of the online casino players. The personal information cannot be made public without explicit consent of the player. The player will have the right to withdraw this permission at any time. The online casino must also disclose what data is being collected and whether it will be shared with any third-parties. The players have the right to request a portable copy of the data collected. In order to ensure compliance with the GDPR, each online casino operator will be required to employ a data protection officer.

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