Online gambling operations using the ID verification services of GB Group and operating in the German market, will have improved ID verification capability following a deal between GB and the German identity management solutions firm, Schufa, reputed to be the country's largest credit reference agency.
The Schufa service which has been embedded into GB's international e-IDV service, ID3 Check, offers ID verification access to 65 million German citizens and will offer organisations a more robust means of verifying German nationals' identity than has been hitherto possible, says GB Group This new level of ID verification will be of particular relevance to businesses that wish to trade online or that wish to offer age-restricted products to German citizens.
Deciding if the potential Internet customer is genuine or is over the required age limit is often difficult and fraud can be easily perpetrated simply by providing a false name or address, says a company statement. The new partnership between Schufa and GB Group means that the market's leading identity verification technology can now be applied within Germany, offering UK businesses the opportunity to take on new German customers secure in the knowledge that their anti-fraud and social responsibility measures are as robust as those in place for UK customers.
Commenting on the agreement, Professor Dieter Steinbauer, CEO of Schufa and Managing Director of Creditinfo Schufa Ltd, said: "For Schufa it is vitally important that we extend our reach beyond our own borders and develop a strong platform of international activity. We have chosen to work with GB Group as we recognised them as the clear leaders in the field of identity management.
"Working together we will be able to offer truly innovative products that offer independent and global coverage, creating the environment of trust that all organisations need if they are to conduct business easily - and responsibly."
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