“UK Govt Unveils Gambling Reform Plan”,

The UK’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has presented a white paper to Parliament that highlights the outdated standards for protecting vulnerable players from gambling. The report acknowledges the 3 million people in Great Britain who suffer from “problem gambling” and proposes measures to help protect them both online and in brick-and-mortar gambling establishments. The white paper recommends introducing biometric technology to aid operators in monitoring players’ age, daily spend, and self-exclusion status. Biometric technology can track players from when they enter the premises, through to any machines, to prevent underage gambling. Additionally, the technology can store player information to spot those who have self-excluded and prevent them from playing. The report also proposes giving the Gambling Commission more powers to regulate the industry, such as the ability to gain cooperation from operators to share data. By embracing these recommendations, the industry can better protect its players and bring its regulations in line with the digital age.