Lottoland lambasts German regulator over ‘state protectionism’ after government demands ISPs block site

Lottoland lambasts German regulator over ‘state protectionism’ after government demands ISPs block site

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  • Ted Orme-Claye, SBC News
October 12, 2022 3:38 PM
  • Ted Orme-Claye, SBC News

Lottoland has accused the German gambling regulator of “creating facts” to protect the state lottery after being singled out for enforcement actions.

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The Glücksspielaufsicht der Länder (GGL) has been targeting Lottoland since July, citing prohibition of betting on state lottery outcomes under the Fourth Interstate Gambling Treaty (GlüNeuRStv).

Defending its German operations, Lottoland has argued that the regulator’s request for the country’s three main ISPs to block access to the Lottoland.com and lottohelden.de sites goes against EU law and EUKOM and ECJ policies.

“Blocking orders are generally prohibited vis-à-vis providers in the protected area of the free movement of services in Europe,” a Lottoland statement read.