May 7 / 2018
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MGA publishes Industry Guidelines on the GDPR

MGA issues Industry Guidelines in consultation with the IDPC

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has published a guidance document on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that will become effective on May 25th, 2018. This regulation plans to harmonise data protection regulation across Europe, in order to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy.

This will be completed in the hope that it will transform the way organisations across the region approach data privacy. The GDPR acts as an extension of the foundations of the present data protection legislation, but requires more from organisations with regards to accountability for the use and retention of personal data and enhances individuals’ rights to data privacy.

The MGA recognises the industry’s concerns about GDPR-compliance and how it will affect the gaming industry. As a result, it has taken on the task of providing this guidance document after a consultation process with the Office of the Information and Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC), which is the supervisory authority responsible for regulating the application of data protection legislation. The responsibility to ensure compliance with the GDPR and with the gaming regulatory framework will remain in the hands of MGA licensees.

These guidelines are not to be considered as additional laws to the GDPR, but instead as a means of aiding firms during the transition period. It has also been made clear that the guidelines are in no way or form prejudiced to any decision that the Commissioner might take – with regards to complaints and, or to any other specific data protection issue. It is neither prejudiced to any further guidelines or opinions that might be published by the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, and, as from May 25th, 2018, by the European Data Protection Board.

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