Swiss Parliament approved internet blocking

Swiss Parliament approved internet blockingWhen is it acceptable to block a website? The answer seems to be when it an unlicensed gambling website. The Swiss Parliament approved internet blocking in those circumstances on 1st March, according to

It was also decided at the same time by the House of Representatives that only an online casino resident in  Switzerland could receive an online licence.

Switzerland was not the first country to determine this is legal. Ten EU member states have so far ratified their constitution to do so, including Spain, Italy, Portugal, France and Greece.

The only way to control internet gambling websites is to take them down, or tolerate them. The People’ Party showed some resistance but other than that it was plain sailing.

It has yet to be decided whether winnings from gambling including the national lottery will be allowed to remain tax-free up to CHF 1 million. That debate will continue on March 15th.

Local gambling firms will benefit from the new ruling because foreign organisations will be excluded from obtaining a Swiss Gaming Licence.

Censorship Motives

The blocking of IP addresses of foreign gambling organisation has been deemed to be the easiest was to make it work. Each computer has an IP address in the country where it connects to the internet. More clever ways to defeat this type of policy are being devised every day but penalties will be levied.

Motivations for censorship range from desires to protect children from unsuitable content to authoritarian control of a nation’s access to information. No matter what the reasons are, the end result is the same. They can block access to the webpages they identify as undesirable.

In this case it is desired to block gambling websites which are not licensed and regulated in Switzerland. The main reason is to ensure gambling is properly controlled and appropriate taxes are collected.

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