Unibet is the first iGaming operator to implement VASCO Data Security’s MYDIGIPASS
Wemmel, 27 April 2016 – From June 2016 Unibet, one of the largest online gambling operators in Europe, will start using the MYDIGIPASS Trusted Digital Identity of VASCO Data Security to verify the registration of its users and to optimise the registration process based on eID data. This fits perfectly in its business policy of Responsible Gaming and zero tolerance against fraud, such as creating false accounts.
Ewout Keuleers, Head of Legal Unibet: "Although the number of cases remains rather limited, each false account is one too many. Creating false accounts is a crime of which Unibet.be is also a victim. By using MYDIGIPASS Unibet.be, being the Belgian market leader, wants to set an example with the aim of improving the Belgian gambling policy and the protection of online consumers."
Belgium will as such be the first country introducing MYDIGIPASS. At a later stage other countries where Unibet operates will follow.
Secure digital play environment
The implementation of MYDIGIPASS fits into the strategy of Unibet’s Player Safety – Early Detection System (PS-EDS), recently named the ‘Innovation of the Year’ in the industry. The strategy underlines Unibet's ongoing commitment to provide a positive gaming experience within a secure digital gaming environment and to promote responsible gaming as part of a sustainable ‘value-adding’ relationship with its customers. To this end the company has in recent years invested more than EUR 250 million in the development of a reliable and secure consumer platform. Unibet is regularly audited by PWC, eCOGRA, G4 and NMi (Dutch Metrology Institute) and others for its compliance with the EU Commission Recommendation 2014/478/EU on consumer protection and responsible online gaming.
VASCO with MYDIGIPASS was certified by the Belgian government as a provider of authentication for online government applications, including Tax-on-web and Police-on-web. MYDIGIPASS is a platform that provides reliable digital identities, giving citizens and players access to online applications based on their identity card (eID). For the growing number of mobile users, there is a free app that serves as a mobile ID card.
Jan Valcke, President and COO of VASCO Data Security: "With MYDIGIPASS Unibet can now have a strict control over the identity of its customers through all channels (PC, smartphone and tablet), which obviously benefits the credibility of the company as well as the industry, and provides the player with the highest possible safety and convenience. I am very proud that our expertise in identity management and electronic authentication is recognised by a market leader such as Unibet. We are looking forward to further develop MYDIGIPASS in Belgium and the rest of the world."
Ewout Keuleers: "We finally have the technical capabilities and tools available in-house to meet the demand of the Gaming Commission and actually to surpass its requirements. As a licensed provider Unibet already met the stringent demands of the Belgian Law, but we are pleased that we are now able, in a 100% conclusive way, to curb false accounts often hiding people with malicious intention. We are also able to better protect people with a gambling problem against themselves. After all, we believe in quality players and will provide more transparency to improve the image of our industry."
Unibet Group Plc. (Unibet) was founded in 1997 by a Swedish math teacher and has been licensed in several European countries. Since 2004, Unibet is listed on the stock market (UNIB SDB / NASDAQ Stockholm) and its shareholders are mainly banks, pension funds and other institutional investors. Unibet is one of the largest private providers of digital gaming and contents in Europe and offers its services to 9.8 million adult customers via multi-channel platforms. In Belgium, Unibet.be was the first foreign multi-product platform to be licensed by the Belgian Gaming Commission (2012). As part of its responsible gaming policy, Unibet has invested over EUR 250 million in the development of a reliable and secure consumer platform. Unibet is regularly audited by PWC, eCOGRA, G4 and NMi (Dutch Metrology Institute) and others for its compliance with the EU Commission Recommendation 2014/478/EU on consumer protection and responsible online gaming.
Unibet is also a founding member of ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity), an organisation that works closely together with organisations such as the IOC and the KNVB to safeguard the integrity of sports and prevent match fixing.
VASCO is a world leader in providing two-factor authentication and digital signature solutions to financial institutions. More than half of the top 100 global banks rely on VASCO solutions to enhance security, protect mobile applications and meet regulatory requirements. VASCO also secures access to data and applications in enterprise environments, and provides tools for application developers to easily integrate security functions into their web-based and mobile applications. VASCO enables more than 10,000 customers in 100 countries to secure access, manage identities, verify transactions, electronically sign documents and protect assets across financial, enterprise, E-commerce, government and healthcare markets. Learn more about VASCO at vasco.com and on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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