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Slot Machines Away from School Areas

A report on the consumer protection of children suggests that slot machines should be removed from stores close to schools.

“We believe we can reach some common ground with the stores. If not, we will enforce legislation” Gísli Tryggvason, spokesman for consumers, told Fréttabladid

The Icelandic ombudsman for children and the Consumers’ Association of Iceland have been working together for three years on a consumer protection scheme for children.

“We have been meeting with interested parties and we have found a great deal of support from most of them to put these proposals into action” Tryggvason said.

The proposals also apply to credit cards held by individuals under 18 years. According to the proposal, teenagers under 18 should only be allowed to own a pre-paid credit card.

“The market keeps finding new ways and we try to prevent problems that could occur. We cooperated with interested parties to decrease the possibilities of bending the rules, like what happened with beer commercials (Commercials for beer are prohibited in Iceland. Producers sidestep the law by advertising non-alcoholic beer) Margrét María Sigurdardóttir, Ombudsman for children told Fréttabladid.

Read more about consumer protection scheme for children here

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