Date: 20.05.2024

by Adam Dworak

Spain’s DGOJ Begins Work on Centralised Gambling Data Registry

Spain’s General Directorate of Gambling (DGOJ) has initiated discussions on the data administration policies and practices required to establish a ‘common data registry’ for gambling information.

These talks aim to lay the groundwork for a centralised registry that will encompass customer data from all gambling operators licensed in Spain.

Initial Discussions and Objectives

The initial proceedings, which began on 16 May 2024, were led by Director General Mikel Arana. These discussions were held within the Sectoral Commission, the advisory body for Spain’s General Assembly on policy-making and the development of federal projects and directives. This initiative follows the command approved by the General Assembly in March 2023, as part of The Decree on Responsible Gambling Environments.

The Purpose of the Centralised Registry

The registry is designed to serve as the central mechanism for the DGOJ’s new regulatory approach. It will monitor the activities of gambling licensees, their conduct, and their engagement with customers. New compliance duties will require Spanish gambling operators to monitor and keep records of ‘risk profiles’ for customers under the age of 25.

Timeline and Implementation

Once established, from 2025 onwards, the DGOJ will implement all remaining measures of its Royal Decree, which will introduce Europe’s most rigorous compliance and Know Your Customer (KYC) standards, as well as the toughest surveillance of gambling licenses.

Focus on Data Integration and Transparency

Arana emphasized the importance of this initiative, noting that the first stage of discussions is focused on “improving data integration across public administrations with jurisdiction over gambling and integrating this data into a comprehensive report on gaming activity in Spain.”

He further elaborated, stating, “The establishment of a centralised data registry will enhance the transparency and accountability of gambling operations within Spain. It will provide a robust framework for monitoring and ensuring compliance with the highest standards of responsible gaming.”

Enhanced KYC Measures and Stakeholder Consultations

In addition to the centralised data registry, the DGOJ plans to introduce stricter KYC measures to ensure that all gambling operators adhere to stringent verification processes. These measures are aimed at preventing underage gambling and protecting vulnerable individuals from the risks associated with gambling.

The next steps will involve detailed consultations with stakeholders, including gambling operators, public administrations, and consumer protection groups. The DGOJ aims to finalise the framework and implementation plan by the end of the year, with the new regulations coming into effect in early 2025.