The gaming authority GGL has been in operation for a few weeks and issues German licenses. They are responsible for enforcing the German State Treaty on Gambling. The question is still how they want to get customers to „illegal“ Offers that are not licensed in Germany can play. This is why so-called internet blocks are being talked about. The technical term is net blocking. An open letter has been sent to all major ISPs asking them to voluntarily implement these blocks. Otherwise, they have to reckon with high administrative costs.
Threat and legally shaky construction – that will please lawyers
The GGL calls on Internet providers to introduce automatic Internet blocks for providers who, for example, have a Malta license and whose offers can be accessed by customers from Germany. In the opinion of the GGL, these do not have a valid approval for the German market and must therefore be excluded. For Internet providers, on the other hand, network blocks are a legally shaky matter. Fundamental rights must always be protected and they must not just be pronounced like that. At the same time, the GGL points out in its letter that if providers do not carry out this voluntary blocking, they will face an enormous administrative burden, which will then mean that they will have to introduce the blocking, and at the same time they will have to bear high costs.
Telecom & Vodafone: „We only block after a court order, not because of an open letter!“
Not only does a violation of the requirements cost half a million, but the GGL calculates administrative costs of up to half a million euros here. In the meantime, some Internet providers have spoken out. Both Telekom and Vodafone will only block networks if they have legal basis. Certainly not because of a voluntary request from the GGL. The Internet providers are also particularly bothered by the fact that the letter indirectly threatens, so to speak, which is actually outrageous.
Best Germany of all times: With an NGO, the whole thing could have been topped
Moreover, critics see network blocks and their introduction as a possibility that censorship is becoming more and more the order of the day becomes. This is one of the reasons why relevant matters must be decided by the courts and not by officials or their calls for voluntary cooperation. To be honest, the whole thing in clown Germany could only have been topped if the GGL had also introduced an NGO, something like that always offers great jobs for incompetent politicians, who then enforce these rights. Something similar is done when following hate comments online. Strange that this was not done, the GGL employees probably wanted to skip the blunder.