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Will Data Sharing between Swedish Operators Help Combat Match-Fixing?

Swedish gaming operators have stated they are prepared to collaborate with industry stakeholders to share data between organizations to reduce match-fixing in sporting events.

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The proposals will require the creation of a new framework specifically designed to share information. The new structure will be made up of a range of stakeholders within the iGaming industry, including licensed gaming operators, the gambling regulator, and sporting associations.

The introduction of a data-sharing framework among gaming industry stakeholders will lead to changes to the Swedish Gambling Act of 2018 to allow gaming operators to share data between organizations within the framework.

Concerns over Use of Athletes Personal Data

The Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS), a Swedish online gambling trade association, has raised concerns that the introduction of the proposed new structure on data sharing may lead to the stakeholders breaking data rules that prohibit the sharing of data.

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One of the areas of concern is the use of personal data relating to individual athletes and there are protections in place to keep the data of individuals secure. The changes to the Gambling Act will permit the use of sensitive data as long as it is restricted to probes into match-fixing.

Due to GDPR and other privacy legislation, there are obstacles for betting companies and sports associations to cooperate against match-fixing when it comes to exchanging information about individuals. The government now wants to remove that obstacle, and it is, of course, something that we, from the industry’s side, welcome. In recent years, Sweden has conducted successful work against match-fixing, and the number of suspected manipulated match-es has been decreasing. An enhanced opportunity for information exchange between betting companies and sports federations further strengthens the fight against match-fixing.

Gustaf HoffstedtSecretary General of BOS


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