In recent months, the Dutch gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has been handing out fines to various operators who have been operating illegally within the Netherlands prior to the legalisation of its market. Some of these fines have been exceptionally high-profile, with big-name companies having to fork out thousands to the regulatory body.
Yet, it appears as though not all of them have been so forthcoming with paying the fines. Now, the KSA is set to begin publicising the names of the operators which refuse to pay those fines, in a bid to help consumers with identifying illegal gambling platforms.
Any operator that has been offering services to Dutch players or which is found to still be providing online gambling to the market, can have fines imposed on them by the KSA. As the laws stand in the Netherlands at the moment, online gambling is considered to be an illegal activity. It won’t officially become a legal pastime until January 2021.
Should any operator who has been handed out a fine refuse to pay this, the KSA starts a collection procedure. This is not something that was previously made public knowledge. However, it is now the decision of the regulatory body to publish such information about the operators the whole process via its official website.
The procedure states that the operators will have full opportunity to provide reasons for not making the payment, and should a business opt to pay the fine at a later date or make some sort of payment arrangement, information on their payment refusal will be removed from the website.
The KSA Explains Its Decision
It may seem like quite a severe thing to do – publishing the details of the operators who don’t pay their fines. However, the KSA has provided full insight into why it has taken the decision to take this route. Speaking of the choice to publish non-paying companies on its website, the KSA said:
“Some of the providers assume their responsibility for the penalty imposed by paying the fine, some providers try to escape their punishment. If the provider refuses to pay, the KSA sees a strong indication that that provider is unreliable.”
In that respect, most gamers would prefer to be in-the-know of which sites aren’t trustworthy enough to join. This way, the KSA is providing an additional security service to players from the Dutch gambling market.
The country’s Remote Gambling Act was passed by the Senate in February of this year, and the new regulations are supposed to come into effect at the start of July next year. Prior to this, the Ministry of Justice and Security must approve the regulations, while the KSA has to work on the terms regarding providing licences to those operators wishing to involve themselves in the Dutch market.
Speaking of those licences, these will only be made available to operators who have not offered their gambling services to Dutch players at any point within the two years prior to the introduction of the new legislation. Any operator who has been served a fine already for breaching the gambling laws as they stand, will need to wait for a two-year period before being allowed to apply for a licence.