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Swedish government to consider blocking gambling sites, reports ISP

Posted by Sam Frances on Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 16:28

The Swedish government may be considering blocking gambling sites – a move which would reverse the country’s long-standing opposition to Internet filtering.

A new regulatory regime for gambling, currently under consideration by a government-appointed special investigator, would require gambling sites to seek a license from the Swedish government.

In a letter received by Jon Karlung, CEO of Swedish ISP Bahnhof, the investigator reveals that ISPs could be forced to block unlicensed gambling sites, and invites the CEO to discuss the matter. Bahnhof immediately “raised the alarm” in a press release on their website, publishing the letter in full.

A successful move to block unlicensed gambling sites would represent a substantial change in direction for Sweden’s Internet regulatory regime. The Swedish courts have repeatedly opposed attempts to enforce Internet filtering.

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