Betting and Gaming Council dismisses educational data breach

The Sunday Times front-page story that revealed betting companies gained access to “Learning Records Service” educational index containing names, ages and addresses of 28 million children and students has been dismissed by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC).

 “Media reports that betting companies have access to the Learning Records Service database are untrue. GB Group provides age-verification services to a range of organisations from banks to government agencies and betting companies. All betting companies are legally required to verify the age of people who wish to join to ensure that they are over the age of 18, the only information GB Group provides is confirmation or rejection that the applicant is over the age of 18”, commented BGC, which represents UK gaming and betting firms in the industry.

The Sunday Times report mentioned two big gambling firms, 32Red and Betfair, which both dismissed the claims.

Betfair’s parent company, Flutter Entertainment, stated that “the claims made in the Sunday Times that Betfair has used GB Group’s data to target underage customers are completely untrue… In fact the reverse is true, we use the company solely for age and identity verification services in order to ensure that no customer can open an account without confirming they are over 18”.

32Red noted that allegations were unfounded and untrue: “The only information 32Red has access to is confirmation or rejection that the person requesting to open an account with us is over the age of 18, and not specific details about that person… While we understand there is heightened scrutiny on the gambling sector at present, it is vital that reporting remains accurate and based on evidence and facts”.

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