Google Play Wipes Apps Away in Vietnam

Published October 5, 2018 by Lee R

Google Play Wipes Apps Away in Vietnam

In avid attempts at compliance, Google Play is rooting out illegal gambling apps from its offerings.

Google Play has gone somewhat proactive in Vietnam.

The Wipe-Out

It has done so by wiping 56 apps off its offering which target Vietnamese gamblers.

In Violation

According to Vietnamese Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information Deputy Director Le Quang Tu Do.the reason for the pull was prohibitions under Vietnamese gambling law.

Common Circumvention

While gambling is primarily illegal in the territory of Vietnam as far as provision of gambling services to Vietnamese nationals, online gambling operators have continued to seek and find ways to circumvent the bans to target Vietnamese customers for years with mobile apps providing a popular vehicle of late.

Broadcast Authority Speaks

The statement by the Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information indicates that the 56 removed apps were all in Vietnamese language and specifically targeted Vietnamese customers.

Google’s Effort

Google notified local authorities of the removal of 40 of the gambling apps from its Vietnamese store after being requested to do so by the broadcasting authority. The additional 16 apps were deemed in violation of Google’s policies due to illegal exploitation of user data and were removed globally.

Clearance Measure

Under Vietnam’s current laws, nationals are not allowed to engage in games that emulate casinos. Most of the recently removed apps were namely providing casino-style games.

Google Statement

Commenting on the recent removal of gambling apps from Google Play, the tech giant’s Google Play Public Policy and Government Relations Head for the Asia-Pacific Region Helena Lersch issued a formal statement indicating that Google Play does not allow gambling apps for Vietnamese nationals, further advising that such apps be flagged and reported.

After China

The app ban comes across as a rejoinder for another big gambling app removal that took place in China, where several months ago Apple cleared thousands of gambling apps from its China store following backlash from Chinese authorities.

China Gesture

Apple removed multiple apps flagged as offering illegal gambling services in order to effectively comply with Chinese regulations amid intensifying gambling crackdowns in the country.

Outlook

Like in Vietnam, most forms of gambling including services distributed online and through mobile devices are forbidden in China with providers getting highly creative to continue to skirt the regulatory guidelines. It looks like the fudgers need to take heed.

See also

Google Play Adds Fantasy Sports Apps

Casinos Not Yet Officially Regulated in Vietnam

Google Follows the Money Trail to Gambling

Google Announces the Creation of Holding Company Alphabet

Google TV to Make Online Gambling Easier


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