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Self Exclusion Software Rumours Untrue

by Glenn Baird - September 3, 2019

Despite rumours that have been circulating via online media outlets, it would appear that a law to force all UK operators to provide access to Gamstop will not be announced this week by the UK Gambling Commission.

It had been suggested earlier this week that the UKGC would be making it a requirement that all online gambling companies in the UK would need to sign up to Gamstop in order to retain their UK licence.

However, the rumour was quashed earlier today by the regulator’s Communications Manager, Ben Glass, who said the following in a statement made with Gambling Insider:

“Gamstop will be a helpful additional tool for users, and it is important to get it right. Gamstop is working towards providing us with the necessary assurances to allow us to trigger the requirement for all operators to become members.

“We cannot bring the condition into force until that information has been received, considered and taken to our board for a decision on commencement.

“Our board would also decide on the length of the implementation period, but there will be at least four weeks between notification of license commencement and the condition coming into force.

“It should be recognised the majority of operators are already fully integrated with Gamstop.”

The call for effective self-exclusion software is one that has been sounded as the number of at-risk gamblers within the UK appears to be on the rise, with existing self-exclusion processes often struggling to meet demands.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.

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The above information is what we believe to be the the legal status of online gambling, however information on this topic is limited and hard to find. We accept no liability for any errors or ommissions. It is the reader’s responsibility to ensure that they know the legality of online gambling in their country before engaging with any online gambling service.