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O'Dowd Backs Review of Online Gambling Industry

Published: 19 February, 2018

Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has backed calls for a full review of the online gambling industry to prevent companies from targeting vulnerable people.

Mr O'Dowd was speaking after a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced new online gaming rules following its investigation which found that some platforms were exploiting gamblers through opaque terms and conditions.

"While tighter regulations are to be welcomed there is a need for much more stringent regulation of the online gambling industry."

"Some gambling firms are deliberately targeting our poorest and most vulnerable people and evidence shows that when people try to opt out of online gambling, companies place obstacles in their way including enticements to gamble further or make them pay to leave.

"The message to gambling firms is clear: stop targeting vulnerable young people. Start acting properly. And meet your obligation to help those whose lives have been blighted by addiction.

"If you don't then there is an obligation on the legislator to tighten the regulations governing these companies and their activities."