Camilla Rosenberg, Director General of Spelinspektionen, the Swedish gambling authority, has welcomed new proposals from the country’s government that would increase consumer protection and combat crime in the gambling market.
In a referral to the Council on Legislation, the Regeringskansliet’s Ministry of Finance has proposed that written approval should be required for gambling companies to telemarket their offerings.
The proposals also stated that larger fines should be imposed on gambling companies that violate that country’s Money Laundering Act to the same maximum as violations of the Gambling Act, which the government believes will help combat criminal activities related to gambling.
In addition, Regeringskansliet is proposing that licensed gambling companies in Sweden should have the right to access personal data about players’ finances and health which they have provided to enhance player protection by counteracting excessive gambling.
Director General Rosenberg has welcomed the proposals, stating: “We welcome the proposals in the referral that enable further measures to strengthen the regulation of the gaming market.
“It is also gratifying that the government has now heeded the Gambling Authority’s proposal to raise the sanction ceiling for violations of the Money Laundering Act.”
The amendments are proposed to enter into force on April 1, 2024.