Betting firms have used information from a U.K. government-run educational database containing the records of 28 million children to bump up the number of youth who gamble online.
The companies gained access to Learning Records Service database – which falls under the umbrellas of the U.K. Department of Education – through GB Group, which had gained access through third-party Trustopia. Training firm Trustopia reportedly had broken its agreement with the U.K. government, according to a report in the Sunday Times.
GB Group’s gambling customers then used access to the database to quickly verify ages and identities. According to a statement by the DfE, “it has immediately stopped” Trustopia’s access to the database and has “ended [its] agreement with them."
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