UK to enhance Gambling Commission's anti-corruption capabilities

The UK's Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a consultation to update the range of entities with which the Gambling Commission (UKGC) shares information on betting irregularities.

The consultation invites proposals for updating Schedule 6 of the 2005 Gambling Act, a list of bodies with which the regulator can share information of unusual activity.

The entities listed in Schedule 6 are provided with information used to preserve the integrity of sports by helping the regulator identify and combat sports-related corruption.

It was last updated in 2012, with licensees required to share information on betting irregularities with the bodies on the list, largely comprising sports governing bodies, as a condition of their approval to operate.

Bodies not listed in Schedule 6 can still be provided with information from the UKGC's Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU), though this can only be done on a case-by-case basis to ensure it complies with data protection laws.

This can slow down the information-sharing process, DCMS says.

As a result it aims to expand the range of sports governing bodies listed in Schedule 6 to include: World Rugby, the London Marathon Charitable Trust, European Professional Club Rugby, the Tennis Integrity Unit, Darts Regulation Authority, Rugby League European Federation and Irish Rugby Football Union.

The proposal also aims to confirm UK Anti-Doping, which enforces drug bans, as a listed Enforcement and Regulatory Body.

DCMS is inviting stakeholders, sports governing bodies, gambling operators and other industry stakeholders to consider whether they agree with the proposed additions to Schedule 6, and to suggest any other relevant bodies for inclusion. The consultation closes on December 8th.


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