Swiss parliament votes in favor of Internet blocking in the context of online gamling

According to decisions of the Swiss Parliament taken on March 1, 2017, offline and online gambling will be regulated by limiting it to a fixed number of Swiss-based operators only. Foreign online gambling sites will be considered illegal, and Internet service providers will be obliged to block these sites based on IP addresses or domain names. This is the first law in Switzerland which foresees such measures for any purpose. Critics warn about a “slippery slope” of increasing demands for Internet blocking that could even amount to censorship.

Country: Global

Domains: IG

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: Internet blocking, Switzerland, ISP, online gambling, Internet Governance, vote, censorship

Posted on Friday 3 March 2017

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