EGBA supports Digital Service Act Legislation

Cvetanka Cvetanovska | Published 17 Dec 2020, 11:51 a.m.

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has welcomed the legislative proposals by the European Commission to roll out a Digital Service Act for the European market. This act would further standardise rules and processes for obtaining large digital iGaming platforms, allowing fair and competitive gaming environment.

A need for digital transformation

Introduced together with the Digital Markets Act (DMA), the DSA aims to update the Commission’s eCommerce guideline, which was issued more than two decades ago. Considering the latter, this Directive needs to be updated in line with the current trends and the imposed digital transformation.  

Moreover, this Act will introduce new standardised EU rules for blocking or deleting illegal services, content or ad placements. It also intends to support the scaling of smaller platforms, small and medium-sized enterprises and start-up systems, providing them with good visibility across the market.

The Executive Vice President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager, said that these proposals would ensure a wide choice of recommended and safe online products and services. She adds that it was about time for businesses to compete fairly online as they do offline. As consumers that have transferred their shopping habits online, it’s crucial to provide a safe, global platform of goods and services.

Even though this Act would not directly concern the European online gambling sector, the EGBA believes that this proposal is relevant for the industry. Segments such as rules for social media placements, advertising and digital liability for online platforms would have a positive influence on the sector. The proposal would be presented to the European Parliament and Council who will review and suggest possible amendments before coming to the point of agreement.

Careful with too many regulations and constraints

Maarten Haijer, the secretary general of the EGBA, welcomed the Commission’s Digital Services Acts. Also, he’s hoping that this move will be a starting point to address many regulatory challenges which have an impact on both consumers and companies. One of the challenges he has highlighted in the statement referred to customer protection, where amends need to be addressed and changes are more than required.

While the EGBA supports the DSA framework, Haijer warns about implementing too many potential rules and regulations, which might prevent the iGaming industry from a gradual, continuous growth. We reported a few months ago about the first pan-European code of conduct, related to responsible advertising. This code features a set of specific measures, including a detailed section on content overview and moderation. Moreover, the Association took a closer look at data protection measures and processes, ensuring that all EGBA members are compliant with GDPR law and protected from data breaches.

Representatives from the EGBA said they would engage with policymakers during this process, as well as pushing for more standardised regulations which will benefit the industry.

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