UK Commissioner demands further regulation

UK Commission gaming


The Children’s Commission has demanded further regulation to control iGaming offerings.

UK.- A new crackdown could be set for the online gaming industry in the United Kingdom as the Children’s Commission for England has released a new request to control the services throughout the country. According to the local press, last week the head of the Commission, Anne Longfield presented a petition to strengthen the control over online gaming platforms to prevent children from accessing to the games.

The Commissioner has stated that under current legislation, children are exposed to iGaming publicity and accessibility to licensed platforms. According to Longfield, smartphones and tablets help children to access to betting sites, which could trigger “the worst kinds of addictive behaviour,” as reported by the Sunday Times.

The Children Commissioner has held a meeting with the UK Gambling Commission’s outgoing CEO Sarah Harrison and the Commission’s Executive Director, Tim Miller, to express the Commission’s concern over the issue.

Meanwhile, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has said it will be investigating seventeen online operators regarding concerns over anti-money laundering and social responsibility procedures. Five of the operators under investigation could face a licence review if the Commission decided they have sufficiently breached the rules. The UKGC has also written a letter to all online casino operators active in the UK to raise concerns related to these issues.

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