UK Watchdog To Probe Gambling Firms' Access To Children's Database

The UK government and its data watchdog on Sunday launched probes after reports linking betting companies to an educational database featuring the details of millions of children.

A Sunday Times report said that data intelligence firm GB Group (GBG), one of the country's leading age verification providers, had a "confidential contract" through another company to access the Learning Records Service (LRS) database — a list of personal data for all UK students.

GB Group's clients include 32Red, Betfair and other gambling firms, according to the newspaper, although there is no evidence that betting operators have done anything wrong themselves or had any access to the LRS database.

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