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UK Gambling Commission Implements Stricter Identity Verification Rule

Date Posted: May 10, 2019

The United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) has started implementing the new changes made to the License Conditions and Codes Practice (LCCP) required of remote betting and gaming operators in UK.

Beginning May 7, 2019, all the affected gaming operators should not allow any player to make deposits and play betting games without completing the process of verifying his/her name, age, and address. With this, the three-day grace period given before to new players signing up no longer applies.

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The UKGC stated:

From Tuesday 7 May, if an operator has not yet verified the name, address and date of birth of any customer, they will need to have completed verification before allowing that customer to gamble. Operators will therefore need to prevent any unverified customer from gambling until they have gone through the verification process.”

The laying down of the stricter rule is part of the commission’s goal to get children out of the gambling sphere. In a report by UKGC, it was found out that the number of children with gambling-linked issues quadrupled in the past two years. Now, there are more or less 55,000 individuals aged 11 to 16 recorded with compulsive gambling issues.

The new age and identity verification process was formed based on UKGC’s researches and the consultation responses it got from its licensees, third-party identity verification providers, remote gaming customers, and trade associations, among others.

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