Denmark Uses Courts Too Curb Illegal Online Gambling

Published Tuesday, February 13, 2018 -
Denmark Uses Courts Too Curb Illegal Online Gambling

The major issue with the European free e-commerce trade agreement is control of the online gambling industry.  The operators that comply with jurisdictional regulations don’t have a problem with governments but those that are interlopers are facing restrictions and blocking efforts imposed by the authorities.

Denmark is a good example of the issue that governments in Europe and Scandinavia are experiencing in many regulated online gambling jurisdictions. Denmark created a legal online gambling industry in the beginning of 2012. Since then, the country's online gambling market has grown. Norway and Finland are taking a different approach when it comes to regulating the online gambling industry. Sweden’s state-run operator Svenska Spel is the only gambling company authorized to operate gambling services in that country. These nations are keeping their monopolies under government controls to protect their gambling public from unfair operators.

Denmark has announced it is cracking down on illegal online gambling operations with a court order that ISPs block 24 websites that are operating illegally in the Danish jurisdiction. Spillemyndigheden, the Danish Gambling Authority applauded the decision to move forward on the issue.

The regulator requested action from Internet Service Providers which refused to comply back in 2017. The regulator went to court over the issue of compliance and was granted a court order by the Frederiksberg court.  

Denmark is the only country in the region to open its online gambling market up to international operators and it was held up as a model for other regulators. The use of the courts to keep out the pirates is considered somewhat disturbing for some in the industry. In the first three quarters of 2017, about 1.329 billion of gambling revenue came from the online casino industry. The future looks very encouraging for Denmark’s online gambling industry which is trying to keep its punters safe and that potential secure.

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