The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) told MNA that the installation of any electronic surveillance equipment in casinos by gaming concessionaires requires its approval.
This week, the Bloomberg news agency alleged that the DICJ had issued a memo to local gambling operators not to install any unapproved digital surveillance technology, including cameras or facial recognition technology, at from August 1.
Bloomberg reported in June that the city’s gambling operators were testing facial recognition technology to track and study player behaviors and help them gain an edge over players.
Subsequently, gaming authorities confirmed that some equipment vendors were testing facial recognition technology devices in the casinos of two to three gaming operators, but the technology could only be used for security purposes. .
The MNA asked the gaming authorities to confirm whether the mentioned memo had been sent, which the gaming watchdog did not, instead outlining in its response the surveillance technology requirements. to be installed in casinos.
According to the DICJ, under current gaming law, gaming concessionaires are required “to install in gaming areas or halls electronic monitoring equipment as a measure for the protection and safety of persons and goods”, this equipment must be “up to international standards”. ‘ and approved by the DICJ.
“To this end, the dealer must send a written request to the same department, identifying the equipment he plans to install and attaching the respective technical specifications. However, the DICJ may at any time request the presentation of specimens or copies of the equipment referred to above,” the response reads.
The DICJ also added that when evaluating the application, it will take into account the security purpose of the equipment and its compliance with relevant gaming and privacy legislation in Macau.