UKGC opens public consultation on age & identity verification

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has asked consumers, businesses, and other stakeholders, to offer their opinions on proposed updates to how the industry verifies the age and identity of gamblers.

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Consumers and industry stakeholders can have their say on the proposed licensing changes. © Pexels.

The Commission is keen to hear opinions on proposed changes to its Licence Conditions and Code of Practice, specifically relating to new measures to beef up age and identity verification methods.

These changes could see online gambling operators forced to verify users’ age before they can deposit, bet using the site, or even use free-play games.

Businesses must also verify the customer’s identity, including name, address, date of birth and email address, all before they are allowed to bet at the site.

Furthermore, the name used on the customer’s payment method and account must be a verified match.

The consultation is open now and runs until the 27th November. You can respond to the consultation at the Gambling Commission’s website.

Speaking about the consultation, Brad Enright, programme director at the Gambling Commission, 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.Brad Enright, programme director at the Gambling Commission

Commission to host workshop in Manchester

The Commission is to run a workshop aimed at helping smaller local operators in Manchester. The workshop will cover compliance findings, tackling money laundering, and helping gamblers to stay safe online in collaboration with Manchester City Council.

The workshop will be held at the Performance Spaces Central Library and will form part of a series of nationwide workshops for smaller licensed operators.

Representatives from the region have been invited to attend.

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