The Dutch gaming authority, Kansspelautoriteit, has issued a €100,000 fine to the Nederlandse Loterij’s Lotto subsidiary for breaching protocols which are aimed at protecting minors.
The regulator says that it had identified advertisements for EuroJackpot on girlscene.nl, a website that it says focuses on minors. The law prohibits the targeting of games of chance advertising at minors.
It is added that the Nederlandse Loterij also failed to comply with a cease and desist order, which also tasked Lotto with taking “appropriate measures to prevent a recurrence in the future”.
“Lotto has failed to comply with the order subject to penalty by placing advertisements for EuroJackpot on girlscene.nl. That is why the penalty must now be paid,” the regulator said in a media statement.
Adding: “The Ksa continues to monitor whether games of chance providers target vulnerable groups, such as minors, with their advertisements. If this is the case, the Ksa can take enforcement action.
“Providers are always responsible for all their advertisements, even if they have their advertisements taken care of via third parties such as advertising agencies.”
As of October 1, there will be a legal requirement under the Netherlands new KOA regime for all Ksa licensed online gambling operators to centralise their player databases with the self-exclusion system.
Sander Dekker, Dutch minister for legal protections, approved Ksa policies on player voluntary or involuntary self-exclusion in order to provide oversight on the “most sensitive matter in regulating online gambling”.