DNS Block confirmed. Changes around the Corner for our Norwegian friends.

A long-awaited reaction from the Norweigan government is currently being finalized. Lucky for us, the proposed regulations are not as harsh as the rumours first made it out to be.

In short, sometime in the near future, players from Norway might receive pop-ups and similar when they visit foreign gambling sites informing the player that this website is in direct violation of Norwegian laws.

“It is like putting a rope in front of a public park. It’s illegal to enter, but it is easy to walk around it”-Freddy André Øvstegård SV

The original proposal called for a full IP-block of foreign gaming companies, but as Øvstegård put it; “IP blocking is not a technology we want to use. There is an important difference. It's about privacy”. We find this great, as we will not see imposed censorship of online information that many other nations have adopted. - Power to the people! At the bottom of this page, you will find a complete list of the proposal, where the rejected ones are red.

The Timeline

  • On January 18th, 2018 two Norwegian politicians presented eight proposals to tighten the Norwegian Gaming Policies.
  • On Tuesday 24th of April, the majority of Norway's Family and Culture committee agreed to six of these proposals.
  • On May 7th, the Norwegian parliament will formally agree to these changes.

The List

The following text is directly translated from the official proposal sent to the Norwegian Government from Parlament on the 18th of January 2018.

  1. The Parliament asks the government to stop gaming at unregulated gambling companies by blocking their web pages and preventing download and play through apps.
  2. The Parliament asks the government to gain momentum in the work of giving the Lottery Authority the opportunity to demand annual reporting from banks regarding transactions with unregulated gaming companies and payment providers.
  3. The Parliament asks the government to gain momentum in the effort to allow the Lottery Authority to impose on banks the right to reject transactions with unregulated gaming companies.
  4. The Parliament asks the government to submit proposals for the introduction of requirements for reportable plays related to all digital gaming.
  5. The Parliament asks the government to consider stronger restrictions on advertising for legitimate gambling providers, as well as assess whether other measurement methods than monetary spending must be used in the regulation.
  6. The Parliament asks the government to create a suggestion to allow the Lottery Authority to impose infringement charges in breach of the ban on the marketing of unregulated gambling.
  7. The Parliament asks the government to propose that the Lottery Authority should be given an expanded opportunity to investigate matters, including access to public records, and to demand disclosure of information from actors that contribute wholly or partly to the marketing or implementation of unregulated gambling.
  8. The Parliament asks the government to investigate the basis for withdrawing the Government Pension Fund Global (SPU) from gaming companies with an intention to assess in connection with the annual report of the Fund.

References (In Norwegian):

https://www.aftenposten.no/100Sport/idrettspolitikk/Stortinget-vil-blokkere-utenlandske-spillselskaper-254094b.html

https://www.stortinget.no/no/Saker-og-publikasjoner/Publikasjoner/Representantforslag/2017-2018/dok8-201718-110s/?all=true


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