Introducing Self-Exclusion ServicesPublished June 26, 2007 by OCR Editor
Ethoca, data sharing fraud management service, has developed a unique self-exclusion service that is designed to combat problem gambling. The Interactive Gaming Council, GamCare, and eCOGRA, are all serious advocates of the new technology that will make p
Most self-exclusion services offered by online gaming sites operate in such a way that certain limitations are imposed on gambling and the time actually spent on the sites, for gamblers who feel that they are losing control of their situation and need strict help. Ethoca's self-exclusion service is unique in that once these limitations have been reached, it restricts the gambler from logging back into the gaming site they have just used and are signed up with, and also prevents them from opening accounts at any other site using the Ethoca service.
Geoffrey Godbold, CEO of GamCare, stated that gambling addiction is an industry wide problem, yet it is something caused by only a small relative percentage of gamblers. IGC CEO, John Fitzgerald, believes that employing online technology is the best way to combat problem gambling, fraud prevention, and other common issues scourging the industry. If all or most online casinos are willing to utilize Ethocas distinctive new self-exclusion service, problem gambling can be tackled head on and nipped in the bud before it grows out of control.
Ethoca have been operating as a fraud management and data sharing service to the industry since only 2005, yet the possibilities they offer gamblers and casino operators are extraordinary. Hopefully, this will be a technology that all online gambling sites will appreciate as an extremely important factor in internet gaming, and employ the service as a joint effort in confronting problem gambling while it is still feasible.