Gambling firms (inc 32Red & Betfair) used database of 28 million children to boost customer base according to press reports

colinsunderland

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https://www.cityam.com/gambling-companies-used-schools-data-on-28m-children/
UK betting companies have gained access to a database containing information on roughly 28m children in a huge breach of sensitive government data.

The firms have used the trove of data, which contains names, ages and addresses of children aged 14 and above in schools and colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to boost the number of young people gambling online.


Not sure how much truth there is in this, but shocking if any firm actually used the data to target children turning 18 or something.
 

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https://www.cityam.com/gambling-companies-used-schools-data-on-28m-children/
UK betting companies have gained access to a database containing information on roughly 28m children in a huge breach of sensitive government data.

The firms have used the trove of data, which contains names, ages and addresses of children aged 14 and above in schools and colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to boost the number of young people gambling online.


Not sure how much truth there is in this, but shocking if any firm actually used the data to target children turning 18 or something.

GBG are widely used for age verification so what I read is that they have used the info they got access to to enrich their database.

I don’t see anywhere in the article that gambling companies has used this to boost the numbers of young people to gamble online. That info is probably just to stir up emotions towards the gambling industry and used as click bait (aka Fake News)
 

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Saw something about it on the news this morning.

Was not paying much attention but from what i heard they were not happy about their childrens data been shared.

But the data list was available widely to all sorts of companies including gambling firms. But there was nothing to say any gambling firm was using it to target children into gambling.

And as has already been pointed out there is not 28 million children in UK. It is yet another scare story about gambling .
 

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I understand our PR team are considering an official company response to this but this is my personal opinion and not in any way related to 32Red or Kindred.

This is complete nonsense and I’m shocked any “newspaper” can print this stuff without asking for comment from those Companies named. We have used GBG for years to ensure our customers are over 18 - I don’t exactly understand their relationship with this particular database but I can only assume it’s used as a negative match rather than “for targeting underage players”.

Our advertising focuses on older players and as a result we have evidence to prove that registrations in 2019 of those between 18-24 have dropped from 2018.

Mark
 

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Yeah, the company is changing its name to 3-12Red apparently.

What a load of BS. Mind you my daughter got a free alcopop voucher from Interbrew today and a fake ID so she could use it in Wetherspoons. I'm waiting for the Junior Betfair welcome pack. :rolleyes:

'Have gained access' is vastly different to 'have accessed'. More press hysteria.
 
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colinsunderland

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I understand our PR team are considering an official company response to this but this is my personal opinion and not in any way related to 32Red or Kindred.

This is complete nonsense and I’m shocked any “newspaper” can print this stuff without asking for comment from those Companies named. We have used GBG for years to ensure our customers are over 18 - I don’t exactly understand their relationship with this particular database but I can only assume it’s used as a negative match rather than “for targeting underage players”.

Our advertising focuses on older players and as a result we have evidence to prove that registrations in 2019 of those between 18-24 have dropped from 2018.

Mark

I did think it was probably fake, to an extent, which is why I put 'according to the press' in the title. I'm not sure they would print a complete fabrication though, but would love to see the evidence they have towards their claims.

The fact it seems to have originated from the Daily Fail does say alot though!
 

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I did think it was probably fake, to an extent, which is why I put 'according to the press' in the title. I'm not sure they would print a complete fabrication though, but would love to see the evidence they have towards their claims.

The fact it seems to have originated from the Daily Fail does say alot though!

Evidence doesn’t exist as it isn’t true. There’s more chance of photographs of Elvis having dinner yesterday with the Loch Ness monster after riding to Narnia on a Unicorn with Shergar under his arm.

Why would any casino, let alone a publicly listed and fully licensed one, want to target underage players?
 

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Read the original story at the Daily Mail. The way gambling companies has ”used” this info to increase young people gambling is that the age verification tool used, provided by GBG, has become more accurate so people above 18, that previously has been denied to gamble due to lack of correct info in the verification system, now have been able to approve.

The Daily Mail is a pathetic outlet!
 

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Its all part of the DMs crusade against online gambling, didn't think they could stoop this low and publish utter bullshit untruths.

The thing is, there are so many scummy clip joints they could go after but no, they have tar the name of actual decent casinos...
 

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What information would they have likely ascertained in that demographic? Who has a paper round? Who likes Minecraft?
 

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I did think it was probably fake, to an extent, which is why I put 'according to the press' in the title. I'm not sure they would print a complete fabrication though, but would love to see the evidence they have towards their claims.

The fact it seems to have originated from the Daily Fail does say alot though!

I thought it was a sunday times investigation, although not a favourite paper of mine, I think that would give it a bit more credibility. I'm assuming the 28 million must relate to a total over several years as that figure doesn't make any sense for a single year. Unfortunately the article is behind a paywall.

Edit: they've also published a leader article, which I doubt they would over a total bs story..."Misuse of young people’s data is gambling with their future"
 

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Evidence doesn’t exist as it isn’t true. There’s more chance of photographs of Elvis having dinner yesterday with the Loch Ness monster after riding to Narnia on a Unicorn with Shergar under his arm.

Why would any casino, let alone a publicly listed and fully licensed one, want to target underage players?
Money. why would a casino make unfair terms, why would the likes of leo and numerous others get massive fines for taking the piss in regards to RG?
why wouldn’t they have lock withdrawl, why would they allow reversal of winnings??.
why pander to VIP’s?
let’s be honest it’s how the industry operates, only need to look down certain roads to see its true.
Not saying for a second 32 red have done anything wrong, just saying the Wild West is the Wild West.
It’s gambling, basically make a buck anyway you can.
Ok for some, not so for others.
 

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Good to see the usual hyperbole in the Mail comments section, it's like a streamer thread on crack

"All betting firms need to be demolished"

"These betting firms preying on the vulnerable shouldn't be allowed to exist. Time the people got rid of them"

& the classic

"Because it's Boris in power"
 

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Good to see the usual hyperbole in the Mail comments section, it's like a streamer thread on crack

"All betting firms need to be demolished"

"These betting firms preying on the vulnerable shouldn't be allowed to exist. Time the people got rid of them"

& the classic

"Because it's Boris in power"
Yeah it was his fault.
he also got brexit done, weird haired man bad
 

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Thanks for that link, reading between the lines, and guessing a bit, once children in the uk become adults (18) this information wouldn't yet be available on the electoral role and credit score agencies, there would be a time lag, and so the automatic verification systems the casinos use would reject the young person (age 18) from signing up as the age test couldn't be satisfied, manual verification would be required. But this extra data from this database would enable the age tests to be completed. So, it is a bit cynical if this is what has happened...
 

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I understand our PR team are considering an official company response to this but this is my personal opinion and not in any way related to 32Red or Kindred.

This is complete nonsense and I’m shocked any “newspaper” can print this stuff without asking for comment from those Companies named. We have used GBG for years to ensure our customers are over 18 - I don’t exactly understand their relationship with this particular database but I can only assume it’s used as a negative match rather than “for targeting underage players”.

Our advertising focuses on older players and as a result we have evidence to prove that registrations in 2019 of those between 18-24 have dropped from 2018.

Mark
You are shocked the media reports fake news? Not sure if new to the world or just messing around
 
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