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The Netherlands Gaming Authority (KSA) has requested legislative amendments from the Dutch Minister for Legal Protection, Franc Weerwind, to grant its officers expanded rights for the use and creation of false IDs during investigations.

In a letter addressed to Weerwind (pictured), who is currently responsible for evaluating the Dutch gambling laws, the KSA has requested modifications to the law to allow access to “false identity documents for enforcement and supervision purposes”.

Currently, the National Identity Agency handles the processing of fake IDs, while the KSA requires legal authorisation to utilise them.

The KSA argued that the IDs must be replaced regularly to prevent online gambling providers from recognising their staff members.

Therefore, the KSA demanded a change in the law so that the KSA “can obtain the identity data required to access the websites of providers” to monitor the legal supply more effectively and efficiently.

The KSA’s actions have recently been at the centre of attention after its officers allegedly gained access to a Videoslots website by posing as a German consumer.

As a result, the Malta-based company has been hit with a penalty of nearly €10m, which it stated it will appeal.

Other proposed changes

Additionally, the KSA has suggested that it would be given direct access to the Control Database of online gambling licence holders for market analysis.

Currently, the KSA can only use this data for supervision and enforcement, not for analysis and research.

By amending the law, the KSA said it aims to establish a factual basis for setting priorities, enforcement and policy-making.

Moreover, the KSA has highlighted that the “involuntary registration” option of the Central Register of Exclusion from Games of Chance (Cruks) is currently underutilised.

This option allows third-parties such as family members, co-workers and even operators, to exclude players once they notice indicators of gambling-related harm and can provide proof.

However, the KSA said only a small number of individuals are currently involuntarily registered. As a result, its effectiveness in combating gambling addiction is questionable.

The regulator also stated that the procedure for the involuntary registration of players is overly complex and that the six-month period for players to deregister is too short.

Lastly, the KSA has pointed out that the legislation governing slot machines is outdated and no longer aligned with current regulations and technological advancements.

The regulator recommends revising this legislation to bring it in line with the regulations for online games of chance.

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