The gaming regulator of Macau is set to take a step and provide better protection for the personal data of gamblers. Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICj for its Portuguese acronym) has implemented a policy which restricts the amount of data which can be given by gambling operators including “gaming activities or operations, including customer personal data”.
The Macau News Agency added that all casino, gaming operators and junkets will comply with the new rules which prevent data from being shared with outside entities. The DIJC has emphasized that any data which is related to the gambler and any data related to casino operations is off-limits
“including but not limited to the personal data, place of origin or nationality, profession or the gambling clients’ activity and other information such as their representatives or accompanying persons, the time of entry into and out of the casino or the gaming table, the amount of bets, the credit, the amount of the bet placed, the payment of prizes and the purchase and redemption of chips (tickets), slot machines tickets (tokens), etc.”
The GDPR was designed to implement tight controls over personal data but the DICJ’s solution will not include an outright ban, it will rather allow operators to share data after they are given permission by the DICJ. The authority could be provided when
“the consent or power of attorney of the interested parties were obtained or are in compliance with the provisions of the [Macau] Personal Data Protection Act.”
Macau has put a framework in place which is similar to the GDPR. The Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) has been present for years but the DICJ wanted to ensure that the companies which it oversees have a clear handle on exactly how the industry is governed.
Macau has a framework which is similar to the GDPR as the personal data protection Act (PDPA) has been present for years. The DICJ aimed to make sure that the companies which it oversees have a clear handle on exactly how the industry will be governed.