The Netherlands’ gaming regulator, Kansspelautoriteit, has fined the Nederlandse Loterij’s Lotto subsidiary €100,000 for violating minor protection protocols.
According to the regulator, adverts for EuroJackpot were seen on girlscene.nl, a website aimed at minors. The law makes it illegal to advertise games of chance to minors.
The Nederlandse Loterij was also found to have disobeyed a cease-and-desist order, which required Lotto to take “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.”
The Ksa released policy guidelines for “involuntary registration” to CRUKS, the Dutch gambling self-exclusion scheme, last month.
All Ksa licenced online gambling businesses will be required to centralise their player databases with the self-exclusion mechanism as of October 1 under the Netherlands’ new KOA regime.
Ksa regulations on player voluntary or involuntary self-exclusion were approved by Sander Dekker, the Dutch minister for legal protections, in order to offer oversight on the “most sensitive matter in regulating online gambling.”