The Data Sheds Help with Gambling Exclusion
Data services firm extends contract with GAMSTOP, a national scheme that allows people to exclude themselves from online gambling sites.
13:43 19 May 2020
The Data Shed, a Leeds-based data service firm, has confirmed the 18-month extension of its contract with GAMSTOP, a free online service that allows people to exclude themselves from online gambling sites. The two organisations have been working together since June 2018 to support and enhance the national scheme, which allows consumers to restrict themselves from all UK-licensed online gambling sites for a maximum of five years.
Anna Sutton, CEO and co-founder of The Data Shed, said: "We're really please about our contract extension with GAMSTOP. "We're extremely proud of the work we've done to date to help get the service accepted into licence conditions for the whole industry.
"We've proven that our service is secure and flexible enough to allow operators to verify every registration and login against the exclusion register, without impacting the performance of operator services. This is particularly crucial on the busiest days on the sporting calendar."
All British online operators are required by law to integrate their websites with GAMSTOP. The requirement was added to the conditions when they apply for their Gambling Commission license.
Ms Sutton said: "The scheme is an important self-protection mechanism for over 130,000 people and it's amazing to be part of something that uses tech and data for good.
"Often, tech is seen as a way of simply increasing commercialism and profitability, but in this case, it's aimed entirely at empowering people to protect and help themselves.
"It feels great for The Data Shed to be a big part of that, and the extension of the contract is a really positive reflection of our successful partnership with GAMSTOP."