KSA initiates responsible gambling consultation
The Kansspelautoriteit has recently initiated a new consultation covering responsible gambling laws in the Netherlands.
The regulatory authority has prepared an updated list of guidelines for responsible gambling, which it has sent to a variety of industry stakeholders to gauge the sector’s opinions and views on the updated laws. One of the new guidelines’ key changes relates to the country’s duty of care requirements, as part of which licensed gambling firms are obligated to protect their players from problematic gambling behaviors and ensure the safety of the Dutch gambling sector.
Under the new rules, operators would be required to be aware of signs of problematic gambling behaviors within an hour of their first appearance. The proposal would also add monthly deposit limits of 300 euros for younger gamblers and 700 euros for everyone else, with operators being required to obtain proof of funds before allowing users to deposit more money.
These proposals follow the publication of a study the Kansspelautoriteit carried out to gauge the compliance of licensed operators with the country’s duty of care requirements, which found that most of the surveyed companies were detecting signs of problem gambling too late, allowing players to lose excessive amounts of money on the pastime.