Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Dutch gambling regulator is ready to start publishing and calling out operators who refuse to pay fines and penalties.
The KSA said going the extra step for precautionary measures will help consumers identify illegal and unlicensed websites. The KSA has always had a collection procedure for the said fines and penalties, but never opted to publicize the results until now.
The KSA said all operators will be given the opportunity for explanation of nonpayment and if a payment agreement has been made the information will not be made public. New online gambling regulations are due to go into effect July 1, 2020. The final draft is pending approval with the Ministry of Justice and Security, and after given the approval the KSA will draft new license conditions before the market launches in the Netherlands six months later.
The regulator made it clear that some operators assume responsibility and pay the imposed fine without trying to avoid their punishment, but there are several that refuses to pay and to continue with cracking down on illegal activities if a provider refuses to pay then that provider or operator is unreliable.