Denmark’s Spillemyndigheden Blocks 55 Illegal Gambling Sites
The Danish Gambling Authority has hit a new record by blocking 55 illegal gambling websites following approval to do so by the City Court. Spillemyndigheden also directed the operators providing such services to Denmark’s residents, to discontinue their operations altogether.
The City Court ruled in favor of the country’s regulatory body on the basis that people were actually utilizing the gaming sites. Therefore, with such outright gambling activity taking place on them, the proof of their illegality was fairly obvious. However, the operators of the sites did not take lightly to this decision and have chosen to appeal it before the district court.
The record-high number clearly shows there is a need for a targeted effort, and we will therefore maintain this increased focus in the future. One of our most important tasks is to protect players from illegal gambling. At the same time, we must ensure the providers who are licensed to offer games in Denmark can run their business under orderly conditions.
This is not the first time that Spillemyndigheden has targeted illegal platforms operating within Denmark. In fact, it has blocked them on a number of occasions. Back in 2012, the internet service provider (ISP) “3” was ordered to impose a block on 12 illegal websites that provided gambling illegally.
These measures are something that various worldwide jurisdictions have taken action with over illegal sites. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) only recently requested for its ISPs to block 18 additional platforms of this nature, with multiple others already having been blocked.
In fact, since the ACMA first started operating its blocking service on these platforms in November 2019, it has forced ISPs to bar access to 222 illegal gambling websites.