The Ministry of Interior in Austria is considering granting authorization to ISPs (Internet Service Providers) that will allow them to block international gambling sites presumed to be breaking the country’s laws.
In general, international licensed bookmakers have proven to be hard to locally regulate, given that many countries lack the specific legal framework that either allows or blocks their services.
According to a recent Calvin Ayre report, the Austrian Ministry of Interior plans to modify the 2003 Telecommunications Law, to let ISPs handle “traffic management”. This will allegedly prevent the majority of “criminal acts on the net”.
This is not the first time the Austrian government has targeted gambling sites, as they have made similar attempts in the past. What remains to be seen is whether the Court of Justice of the European Union will interfere once again on the proposed ISP blockings.
Online gambling verticals (apart from sports betting) are restricted in Austria to the Win2Day brand of Casinos Austria and its Austrian Lotteries subsidiary.
The OVWG was created to update the current legal framework and make it more compatible with EU laws.