KSA has opened consultations on gambling addiction research data

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Dutch gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) announced on Friday a public comment period regarding the application of operator data for the prevention, detection and treatment of gambling addiction.

Provision of data for research on gambling addiction

The consultation period launched by the Saudi Arabia seeks to collect information from all interested parties and stakeholders on how data authorized by online gaming operators should be collected as part of the Remote Gambling Law (KOA law). In addition, the regulator wishes to know how the gambling behavior of players can be collected and interpreted to identify gambling addiction in its early stages and allow the implementation of appropriate actions.

Also under the provisions of the KOA Act, which entered into force earlier in the year and effectively launched the new regulated online gambling market on October 1, 2021, licensees are required to provide anonymous data on gambling behavior for use in scientific research on gambling addiction at the request of a research institute. For greater clarity and to avoid operator overloading, the KSA drew up a list of rules which, among other things, defined the institutions that can request such data.

The KSA noted that licensed operators or any other interested stakeholders can respond to the draft “Regulation on the Provision of Data for Research on Gambling Addiction” until the end of the consultation period, November 1, 2021, by sending their comments. The regulator stressed that it would not be able to provide responses to the comments, but that they will be taken into account when finalizing the program.

Also as part of their obligations under the Remote Gambling Act regime, operators are required to produce quarterly reports and submit information to the KSA to help the regulator improve its governance of the new gambling regime. online and facilitate the management of the CRUKS self-exclusion register.

Addiction Prevention Fund

Along with the official launch of the market with 10 licensed operators, the KSA has created an addiction prevention fund that will be financed by taxes paid by online gaming operators.

Operators’ obligations to the fund will help the regulator fund initiatives to meet its three main problem gambling objectives. This involves anonymous processing, improving research and setting up a centralized register, the National Counter, for online gamblers addicted to gambling or themselves, or their families and relatives, might seek advice.

To develop a new framework for the treatment of problem gambling and to support the fund’s goals, the KSA has appointed the Dutch National Institute of Health Care, the Zorginstituut, while the Dutch Welfare Institute ZonMW will serve as the lead body. research on gambling addiction.