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Database on self-excluded and undesirable persons: practical challenges brought by the new legislation from a regulatory and personal data protection perspective

February 2024

Maintaining a database of self-excluded and undesirable persons comes with a set of practical challenges that require careful attention. The new legislation has introduced certain complexities from both regulatory and personal data protection perspectives that need to be addressed to ensure compliance and manage risks effectively.

Background

The legislation applicable to the field of gambling in Romania has undergone significant changes with the entry into force on October 6, 2023 of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 82/2023 for amending and supplementing Government Emergency Ordinance no. 77/2009 on the organization and operation of games of chance, as well as for amending Government Emergency Ordinance no. 20/2013 on the establishment, organizing and functioning of the National Office for Gambling and for amending and supplementing Government Emergency Ordinance nr. 77/2009 (GEO 82/2023). These changes include legal provisions that lay the foundations for the creation, at the level of the National Office for Gambling (“ONJN“), of the database on self-excluded and undesirable persons.

Thus, Article 151 of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 77/2009 on the organization and operation of games of chance (GEO 77/2009) was amended in order to transfer the obligation to draw up, manage and constantly update a database on self-excluded and undesirable persons from the operators to ONJN. This centralized database shall ensure real time access to all gambling operators.

Cosmina Simion and Petrus Partene have authored a detailed overview of the matter aimed at helping all parties involved gain a deep understanding of these challenges. The focus is on exploring the solutions available for implementing the necessary measures, with the goal of enabling companies to maintain a robust database while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and protecting the privacy and confidentiality of individuals.

The articles was prepared for and first published by Casino Inside, and is available in English (HERE) and Romanian (HERE).


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