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UKGC Consult on Child Protection Measures

by Glenn Baird - September 6, 2018

The UK Gambling Commission are asking to hear from betting companies, prospective betting companies, consumers and the general public on changes they want to make to help strengthen their current child protection measures.

They want to make these three significant changes:

1. All gambling outlets must have proof of age presented before they can allow anyone to deposit or gamble money. Age verification will also be a requirement for anyone looking to play for free.

2. All gambling outlets must be provided with person’s full identity, including name, address, date of birth and email address before being allowed to gamble.

3. The name of the customer must correspond with the name of the card/account holder depositing and withdrawing money.

Brad Enright, Programme Director for the UKGC said , “Our aim is to protect children, reduce gambling-related harm and keep gambling fair and crime-free. We would encourage anyone with an interest in gambling matters to read our consultation and ensure they have their say on these proposals.”

The UKGC are also keen to hear from any companies that specialise in identity verification and relevant software providers on solutions that they could bring to the fore.

The survey was launched on the 5th of September and will run until November the 27th.

You can respond to the proposed changes by clicking here.

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.

Disclaimer:

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.