New age verification measures enter into force this week
New rules surrounding how and when operators verify customers’ age come into force this Tuesday as the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) looks to tighten the protection of children from gambling harm.
Changes to the Commission’s LCCP code will apply to betting and gaming companies, along with some lottery firms.
Chief among the changes is that gambling operators will now have to verify a customer’s age before they are allowed to deposit. Previously, customers were able to deposit while age checks, that could take up to 72 hours, were being carried out.
Operators will also now have to verify names and addresses in a measure designed to stop those who have self-excluded from continuing to gamble.
The full changes apply to licence condition 17, which sets out the minimum requirements for identity verification, Social Responsibility Code Provision 3.2.11 for age verification for remote betting and gaming, and Social Responsibility Code Provision 3.2.13 for age verification for some remote lotteries.
The rules enter into force on Tuesday 7 May 2019 and were designed after an open consultation.
UKGC releases new framework for action
The UKGC has also released a framework for action around assessing the impact of problem gambling on young people.
The new framework is part of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms released last month.
The framework was designed by Ipsos Mori in collaboration with the UKGC, Advisory Board for Safer Gambling and GambleAware. The framework is designed to better understand how gambling can impact upon all aspects of young peoples’ lives. Speaking about the framework, Helen Rhodes, programme director for safer gambling at the UKGC, said:
Gaining a better understanding of the impact of gambling on children and young people is a key priority for the Commission. This newly released framework will provide critical insight into the range of harms that young people in Britain can experience and will help greatly in concentrating the National Strategy’s prevention and education initiatives where they will have the most impact. This will take time and the framework will evolve as we move into the next phase of this work. We encourage our partners in delivering the National Strategy, including public health officials and academics to feed back to us as we move into the next phase of work.– Helen Rhodes , UKGC programme director for safer gambling