Gambling Commission Consultation
Gambling Commission Consultation Paper on Age & Identity Verification
The Gambling Commission is currently concerned about the dangers on underage gambling. To this end they launched a public consultation paper in September 2018, focused on the age and identity verification procedures used by online gambling sites. The consultation invited responses from gambling licensees, gambling customers, age verification providers and any member of the public negatively affected by gambling. The deadline for responses was 27th November 2018.
Age Verification is a Focus of the Consultation
Among the proposals is one which relates to age verification checks. Changes are proposed to the 72-hour aged check window. This refers to the period gambling operators currently have to carry out age checks (credit card users are provided with a special dispensation). Players are not allowed to collect winnings until their age has been verified, nevertheless they are able to gamble in that period.
The Commission proposes the removal of the 72-hour window. This means that licensees would be required to complete the age verification process prior to the customer having access to the site. It is thought that this move would remove temptation from young people and children, who currently use the loophole to explore gambling sites.
Age Verification Software is the Gambling Commissions’s Preferred Solution
The Gambling Commission recommends the installation of effective age checking software in order to facilitate speedy, accurate verification before any gambling can take place. The consultation paper recognises that licensees are already adopting age checking solutions, and improving the restriction of access for underage customers.
Age Checked Welcomes the Gambling Commission’s Paper
Age Checked provides fast, seamless age verification software which supports the Gambling Commission’s proposals. Customers are asked to provide documentation from a list of options. Once it has been checked the sale can proceed. The process is quick, courteous and only has to happen once. Subsequently online shoppers can use an AgeChecked password to prove their age.
Feedback from the Gambling Commission’s consultation paper is expected imminently with new rules potentially being put in place early in 2019.