Kansspelautoriteit has called on Apple Inc. (The American multinational technology company) to remove casino-based apps from their Dutch app store in an effort to continue to police the residents of the Netherlands and prevent them from gambling online. Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) is the gambling regulator in that part of the world that is responsible for monitoring the compliance of the laws and regulations in the field of betting and gaming. 49 casino apps have been removed from the store and are no longer available in the Google Play store in that country. There were also 6 apps that were blocked and a good majority of the blocked and/or removed apps are owned by major companies like Unibet that have a huge following due to their popularity.
Approval Of Online Gambling Bill
In July 2016, Dutch parliament members approved the necessary legislation that could potentially help the Netherlands see an online gambling market available to them by the year 2018 that is fully regulated. The Remote Gaming Bill went through many stages of amending during this time but the legislation imposed a 29% tax on not only online gambling revenue, but also land-based revenue. Included with this was 1.5% more revenue that is set to fund the activities of the KSA and 0.5% for the funding of programs that help people with gambling problems. The tax rate is extremely high and may actually cause more problems in the future. The bill also pushes for the rights of the KSA to block ip’s of domains that have unauthorized gambling to be removed. There will no doubt be more amendments once the bill reaches the Dutch Senate but in the meantime, players are patiently waiting to be given the freedom to gamble online without consequence. Holland Casino still has the legal monopoly on gambling in the Netherlands, and has 14 land based casinos throughout the country.