Recent business and sports headlines in the US have been dominated by state and federal government efforts to assess whether daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites, such as FanDuel and DraftKings, should be treated and regulated like gambling. The New York State Attorney General recently issued cease-and-desist letters against DraftKings and FanDuel to stop accepting bets in the state, stating that DFS operations are illegal gambling.
Last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced a plan to allow DFS providers to operate in Massachusetts under certain provisions, such as:
· Prohibiting anyone under 21 participating in DFS.
· Prohibiting professional athletes and other employees of pro teams from participating in DFS.
· Prohibiting employees of DFS providers from participating in games
· Requiring DFS providers to identify ‘‘highly experienced’’ players on all contest platforms and offer ‘‘beginner’’ games that would be off limits to the more experienced players.
These provisions present a range of identity management and identity verification challenges and questions, such as:
· How will sites verify the ages of online participants?
· How will systems detect DFS employees?Read more