The Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling (BOS) has officially responded to the Ministry of Justice’s inquiry, “Strengthened consumer protection against risky lending and over-indebtedness” (SOU 2023:38). Key changes highlighted in the inquiry include a proposed ban on promotions from third parties that facilitate credit for gambling and a recommendation for Sweden to implement a debt register.
The feedback from BOS has been predominantly positive, especially concerning measures linked to the gambling industry. The Association emphasizes the significance of consumer well-being. Their stance is that gambling experiences should remain within financial boundaries and should serve as a source of enjoyable and safe entertainment without straining the user’s economic situation.
BOS’s General-Secretary, Gustaf Hoffstedt, elaborated on their perspective, saying, “Gambling’s essence should be about entertainment that doesn’t result in financial strain. Our affiliated companies neither encourage nor support customers gambling on credit. Hence, the inquiry’s recommendations related to the gambling sector resonate with us.”
In summary, the collective intent seems to be geared towards promoting ethical and responsible gambling habits, with the Ministry of Justice and gambling entities aligning their efforts to prioritize consumer safety.
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