Dutch iGaming association demands 'rigorous' response from regulator over minors illegal betting concerns

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Dutch iGaming association demands 'rigorous' response from regulator over minors illegal betting concerns

The Netherlands Online Gambling Association (NOGA) has demanded a 'rigorous' response from the Dutch regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), after research found multiple cases of minors betting with illegal operators.

As per Peter-Paul de Goeij, the NOGA director, minors in the Netherlands can gamble with offshore operators. The research exposed the lack of age verification from illegal operators: usually, only an email address or a telephone number (or both) is enough to register and start betting.

Besides, illegal operators often use logos of banks and legal operators to convince underaged bettors that gambling with them is safe.

"The Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Dutch Gambling Authority, is expected to address these issues rigorously," De Goeij told iGamingBusiness.

"The KSA is likely to enhance monitoring and enforcement actions against unlicensed operators, imposing hefty fines and blocking access to these websites.

"The KSA should employ advanced technologies like geolocation blocking and AI-driven monitoring to detect and shut down access to offshore gambling platforms. Working with internet service providers (ISPs) to block unlicensed gambling sites could significantly reduce access."

Here's what a KSA spokesperson told iGB in response:

"The KSA is of course appalled by the results of the research. We do have several ways of imposing sanctions on illegal offering but, due to legal restrictions, we are unable to take down illegal websites.

"We are discussing this issue with the ministry around the evaluation of the online gambling act."

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