UKGC for safer and fairer online gambling

UKGC for safer and fairer online gambling-nEW RULESIt is beyond any doubt that UKGC is one of the most trustful and reliable authorities. The UK Gambling Commission proves it again. They have announced new rules to keep online gambling fairer, safer and responsible.

These rules are coming to ensure that operators will be able to verify the age and the full identity details of their clients. That acts beneficial for the bettors, as they can feel that their game and personal information are in safe hands.

Important changes for children protection

According to the new changes the age verification will be a necessary action before a deposit. Till now, this dedication was necessary before the withdrawal, and the clients had a 72 hours deadline to carry out the verification.

Furthermore, the UKGC demands that the bettors must be age verified even before they try the free versions of the games! So far, the free-to-play games were not limited for underaged people, because there is no prize involved.

Safe and fair for customers

According to UKGC, some bookmakers were asking additional information from their customer when they asked for a withdrawal. Many bettors have a complaint about this treatment. So, UKGC  new rules require remote licenses to:

  • Inform customers, before they can deposit funds, of the types of identity documents or other information that might be necessary, the circumstances in which the information might be required, and how it should be supplied to the licensee
  • take reasonable steps to ensure that information on their customers’ identities remains accurate.
  • ask for any additional verification information promptly
  • verify, as a minimum, the name, address and date of birth of a customer before allowing them to gamble

Responsible game

Another crucial aspect is the attempts for gambling from bettors that they have used the self-exclusion. In co-operation with Gamstop, both sides (bookies and Gamstop) will check the full details of the players. In this way, they could ensure that no one who has activated the self-exclusion will not be able to bet.

The new rules will come into force on the 7th of May.

UKGC for safer and fairer online gambling-nEW RULES-LOGOUKGC: Children protection in the largest regulated gambling market

Neil McArthur, Gambling Commission Chief Executive, said: “These changes will protect children and the vulnerable from gambling-related harm, and reduce the risk of crime linked to gambling.  They will also make gambling fairer by helping consumers collect their winnings without unnecessary delay.’ Britain’s online gambling market is the largest regulated market in the world, and we want to make sure it is the safest and the fairest. Today’s changes follow our review of online gambling and our ongoing widespread regulatory action into the online sector.  We will keep using our powers to raise standards for consumers.”

UK Government

Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “These significant changes mean operators must check someone’s age before they gamble, and not after. They rightly add an extra layer of protection for children and young people who attempt to gamble online. By extending strong age verification rules to free-to-play games, we are creating a much safer online environment for children, helping to shut down a possible gateway to gambling-related harm.”

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