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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has opened a public consultation today into age and identity verification procedures for online gaming.

It is seeking views from members of the public and gambling operators on proposed changes aimed at further protecting children and keeping gambling fair and safe.

The proposed changes to the regulator's licence conditions and codes of practice would require online operators to verify the age of customers before they are allowed to make their first deposit, or access free-play versions of gambling games.

Operators would also be required to verify the identity of players before they can gamble with real money, including name, address, date of birth and email address verification, and must ensure that the name on the account corresponds to the name on the payment method used to fund the account.

"We encourage any licensee or prospective licensees, along with consumers and members of the public, to share their views and any supporting evidence or insight," the Gambling Commission stated.

"We are also keen to hear from identity verification solution providers, in particular where they can provide details of technological and information capabilities."

The public consultation opened today (September 5th) and closes on November 22nd, 2018.