The UK betting industry is reeling from another round of bad headlines, after a leading newspaper uncovered has alleged that some betting firms attempted to take advantage of the breached data that was released from the Learning Records Service last week.
The database includes personal details of 28 million children all aged 14 and above and was designed to help with the verification of academic records and with monitoring educational needs among children of this age group. The index is maintained at the Department of Education (DoE), which announced at the weekend that it had closed down all access to records. The Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has also ordered a full investigation.
But in response to the headlines, the leading industry group, the Betting and Gaming Council said that the media reports that some firms had gained access to the data were not true.
The reports had alleged that a firm called GB Group had accessed the data through a deal with an employment screening company called Trust Systems Software. They further alleged that betting firms had been able to use the data. But in their response, the Betting and Gaming Council said that the reports that betting firms were able to access the data were not true:
“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.”
But the bad headlines continue a rocky start to the year for the betting sector after a series of bad news stories, including publicity around the live streaming of FA Cup games on betting websites and criticism from the NHS over VIP promotions.