Network blocking removed from draft law on gambling

The new gambling law 15.069 was intensely discussed in the Parliament during the past months. Among the key concerns regarding the draft law was the provision on network blocking, which the Internet Society Switzerland Chapter (ISOC-CH) and partners from civil society such as Digitale Gesellschaft (DigiGes) are strongly opposed to.
On 13 January, the Legal Affairs Committee of the National Council (Rechts-Kommisssion Nationalrat) removed the provisions on blocking of Internet sites offering online money games not licensed by Swiss authorities from the draft of the new Gambling Law. The strong collaboration between ISOC-CH and DigiGes has significantly contributed to this success. The proposal accepted by the Committee of Legal Affairs was worked out in a broader coalition consisting of ISOC-CH, DigiGes, Economiesuisse, Swico, Asut and other organizations.
The latest press release of National Council’s Committee of Legal Affairs (available in German, French and Italian) is available at:
The debate on the new Gambling law shortly continues in the plenary of the National Council, where the new proposal will be disputed next. ISOC-CH will continue to monitor related developments.

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