The Spanish law about copyrights in gambling; preserving personal information

In Spain, there is a central Government working with 17 autonomous regions and two cities. Gambling in Spain is recognized in the Gaming Act in 1977. The Spanish Gaming Act is better known as “Ley 13/2011, de 27 de mayo, de regulación del Juego” was implemented in 2011 to regulate gaming and gambling. The main goal of this act was to harmonize gambling and online gaming with no boundaries. The regional gambling is regulated by the autonomous government of that region. The gambling law makes it compulsory to take federal license, copyrights, and authorization for online gambling, for example when companies offer a “código promocional Betfair” or a Sportium promo code. This law also required the license from the autonomous region for regional gambling. Unauthorized gambling platforms are prohibited to work in Spain. The Spanish law defines “gambling as an activity in which money or economically important goods are placed no risk to avail chance for future uncertain events”.

The prizes involve in gambling must be of monetary value or in cash. The essential elements of gambling as described in Spanish gambling law are Chances, pay to play and the opportunity of the prize. In absence of any of these elements, the game will be out of the gambling scope. Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego) was known as National Gaming Commission is the authority to regulate this law in Spain. The Spanish government has imposed a 25% tax on revenue on online gambling operators. The Government in Spain has passed a revised law at 10/2010 on April 28th.


The gambling law show prohibition on gambling which applies to minors that are under described legal age, people who are disabled by court decision and legal declaration and people who requested to limit their access to gambling and gaming.

Online gambling is tax restricted and regional restricted. That means only tax paying residents are allowed to play online. To elaborate this consider that the Madrid resident if paying Tax then he/ she will be allowed to play a Madrid operator in every region of Spain. The aim of the Gambling law is to regulate the issues such as prevention of gambling addiction, protection of public rights, deal and combat fraud, protection of minorities from the gambling habit, and safeguard the player rights.

The protection of user personal information is the key area of risk where gambling law needs to address. This is the serious issue when personal data collected at gambling and online gaming sites is of sensitive means. A leak in security could lead to the loss of valued user but also the regulating law enforcement bodies to come in action. Gambling operators who are concerned about their reputation must take action in data breach from gambling sites. The suggestions to Spanish gambling law in term of user data preservation include, Data protection audit to fill the gaps in compliance, identification, and regulation of cookies on gambling sites that are available to user machines. New gambling regulation was born in Spain that regulates the all electronic and interactive technology that involves in gambling operations. This includes the internet, TV and mobile phones.