Norway approves DNS blocking of iGaming domains

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Norway approves DNS blocking of iGaming domains

Norway is poised to initiate the blocking of unlicensed online gaming websites as part of an amendment to the Gambling Act.

The recent amendment to Norway’s Gambling Act empowers the Norwegian Lottery Authority to direct internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to unlicensed gambling websites believed to target the local market.

The DNS blocking initiative underwent a public consultation in early 2023 and was anticipated to take effect in January of the current year.

The passed amendment also grants the national gambling regulator the power to levy financial penalties on ISPs that do not enforce a DNS blocking directive.

The Norwegian Lottery Authority contends that DNS blocking will enhance consumer protection by restricting access to the most high-risk gambling activities.