The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau has clarified that it will not ban digital surveillance equipment in casinos, but instead require operators to obtain approval prior to installation.
Earlier this week, a Bloomberg report noted that the gaming regulator has restricted the use of some artificial intelligence tools that track gambling behavior. However, some media outlets saw it as a blanket ban on all digital surveillance in casinos.
In a statement to Macau Daily Times, the DICJ has now clarified that “the installation of any electronic surveillance and control equipment in the casinos depends on the concessionaires submitting an application to the DICJ.”
“In its consideration of the application, DICJ will take into consideration, inter alia, the nature of the equipment’s safety and its compliance with the relevant gaming and privacy protection legislation in Macau.”
Operators wanting to install such equipment will be required to submit a written request to the DICJ for approval, it said.
The regulator has also directed companies to comply with laws pertaining to personal data. Any video or data used or obtained from these high-surveillance tools is to be kept only by the casino operators, according to these newly issued rules.
This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.
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