KSA issues €400k fine to Bingoal for youth-targeted ads
The Dutch gambling regulator stated that the operator targeted and sent certain marketing materials to younger adults under the age of 24 in the period from 2021’s October and the following year’s March. This is prohibited under the country’s gambling laws which aim to protect vulnerable groups from various gambling harms.
From the 400 thousand euro total, the Kansspelautoriteit stated that the main sum of the operator’s fine amounted to 350 thousand euros, while the additional 50 thousand euros were added as a result of Bingoal being in breach of the country’s gambling regulations for an extended period of time.
The operator was previously fined in the first half of February as part of an enforcement action that involved a combined just over 2 million euros worth of fines issued by the Kansspelautoriteit to three gambling firms. Bingoal was ordered to pay 350 thousand euros for not checking the Cruks self-exclusion system before accepting new players.
Furthermore, along with this announcement, the regulator also published a letter requesting several amendments to Dutch laws from the country’s Ministry of Legal Protections. One of the main points of concern the Kansspelautoritier mentioned in it was the acquisition of fake IDs to verify licensed operators’ compliance.
The regulator can make use of fake IDs to verify the compliance levels of locally licensed operators, however, these IDs can only be created only by the country’s Identification Service and if the law permits, which currently is not the case for the regulator.
The Kansspelautoriteit also pointed out two further concerns, one about the outdated laws governing retail gambling terminals, which the regulator recommends to be revised, and one about the Cruks system’s involuntary registration procedure, which the Ksa notes is too complex and provides a subpar registration period of just 6 months.