Gibraltar Regulatory Authority

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The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA) was established by the Gibraltar Regulatory Act in October 2000. The GRA is the statutory body in Gibraltar responsible for regulating electronic communications. This includes telecommunications, radio communications and broadcasting transmissions. The GRA serves as both the national supervisory and regulatory authority for these sectors. The supervision and regulation of these sectors is done in accordance with EU law that has been rendered into national law.[1]

Since inception the GRA has seen its responsibilities extended to data protection and gambling.

Electronic Communication[edit]

The GRA attempts to enhance competition in the communications sector by regulating network access to develop effective choice for business and residential consumers alike and by helping the facilitate entry to the communications market through authorizations and licenses.[2]

The GRA policy is designed to make Gibraltar recognizable as a world-class telecommunications centre to do business. As well as ensuring that Gibraltar has a high quality telecommunications service that offers consumers a better deal by providing high performance and standards, as well as competitive prices.[3]

The Communications remit of the GRA includes: traditional telephone wire, dial up and ADSL internet, mobile operators providing voice and data services, VOIP services, television and radio, radio communications including fixed wireless services, and licensing frameworks for satellite services.[4]

Data Protection[edit]

The Gibraltar Government nominated the GRA as the Supervisory Authority for the enforcement of the Data Protection Act 2004. With the powers imbued upon the Data Protection Commissioner, the GRA has made assurances that a system is in place to monitior the executory function of the Data Protection Act. The GRA works closely with foreign regulatory authorities tasked with a similar role. The GRA also continuously develops a comprehensive online guide that is designed to encompass the wealth of information available about Data Protection.[5]

Gambling[edit]

On the day the Gambling Act 2005 came into operation (26 October 2006), the GRA was appointed to the position of Gambling Commissioner. It is the objective of the Commissioner to ensure licence holders conduct business within the terms of the licences and in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005; and that business is conducted by licence holders in a manner that maintains the good reputation of Gibraltar as a first tier jurisdiction.[6]

The Gambling Act of 2005 was brought in to replace the Gaming Act, that was originally enacted in 1958. The 2005 act was designed to modernize Gibraltar's legislation and to create a statutory licensing and regulatory framework to match Gibraltar's status as the "home to the world's leading online gambling operators".[7]

Independent Testing and Auditing[edit]

In order to be granted a license by the GRA an online gambling operator must undergo verification by an approved testing and auditing body to ensure it complies with legislation and standards.[8]

The systems that are required to undergo testing or auditing are: the random number generator (RNG), payment protocols (deposit/withdrawal), gambling assistance programs, and player dispute resolution systems. However tests and audits of the following are not performed: systems security, game evaluations, game payout calculations, live dealer systems, and segmented player funds.[9]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ GRA, "Communications Sector", GRA
  2. ^ GRA, "Communications Sector", GRA
  3. ^ GRA, "Communications Sector", GRA
  4. ^ GRA, "Communications Sector", GRA
  5. ^ GRA, "Data Protection", GRA
  6. ^ GRA, "Gambling", GRA
  7. ^ GRA, "Gambling", GRA
  8. ^ Brian Teano, "GRA – Gibraltar Regulatory Authority", Chips88, August 11, 2010
  9. ^ Brian Teano, "GRA – Gibraltar Regulatory Authority", Chips88, August 11, 2010

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