Illegal law against illegal poker providers
Poker and its place in the legislation has been an ongoing theme for many years. The uncertainty as to whether the online poker site is covered by the EU directives guaranteeing free movement of goods and services is still there. Naturally, the states and the providers interpret the guidelines differently. We summarize for you the current legal developments of the last weeks on the subject of poker in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Austria advances and withdraws
As if from nowhere, the Austrian Minister of Finance Loger announced at the end of February that he wanted to launch an amendment to the Gambling Act. Not only does the government want to crack down on illegal gambling in their opinion, but also increase tax revenues from gambling. Internet blocking should in future keep unwanted providers from the Alpine republic away. The draft stipulated that contracts between players and illegal providers become retroactively ineffective. Players could have reclaimed their bets.
As expected, the indignation was not long in coming. The representation of the providers announced that they wanted to defend themselves with all legal means. At the same time, they demanded a market opening with the licensing of online sellers. A few days later, something strange happened. The Ministry of Finance withdrew its amendment, which had already sent for review. The reason for this unusual step was even stranger. According to the Ministry, the draft had been shipped too early due to a technical oversight. A new version will be presented soon.
Germany wants to know
The so-called Financial Blocking is only possible with a complete monitoring of all financial flows and this is the same as total supervision. This brings us back to data retention, which the European Court of Justice had already dumped several times. Government authorities have wiped out similar concerns in the past, but the new European Data Protection Regulation will come into force in May 2018, significantly tightening corporate data protection and giving citizens substantial rights to prevent disclosure of their data.