Nov 16, 2023
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Ask Sumsubers: What Are Some Emerging Trends in KYC Technology That iGaming Platforms Can Leverage to Enhance Security and Prevent Fraud?

Sumsub keeps getting questions from our readers about the specifics of regulatory compliance, verification, automated solutions, and everything in between. We’ve therefore decided to launch a bi-weekly Q&A series, where our legal, tech, and other experts answer the most frequently asked questions. Check out The Sumsuber and our social media every other Thursday for new answers—and don’t forget to ask about the things that interest you.

This week, our Vice President of Sales, Southern Africa, Hannes Bezuidenhout, will briefly discuss the emerging trends in KYC technology that iGaming platforms can use to enhance security and prevent fraud. 

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In the rapidly evolving world of online gambling, the significance of robust Know Your Customer (KYC) technologies can’t be overstated. As gambling platforms seek to bolster their defenses against fraud, several key trends in KYC technology have emerged as potent tools for enhancing security and preventing fraud:

1. Biometric Verification: This technology uses facial recognition, fingerprinting, and voice patterns. It provides a highly secure form of authentication that is difficult to deceive, effectively guarding against identity fraud.

2. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: AI and ML are revolutionizing KYC through their ability to analyze vast amounts of transactional data and user behavior. These technologies can identify patterns indicative of fraudulent activity, allowing for preemptive action against potential security threats.

3. Advanced Document Verification: The latest systems in document verification can authenticate various forms of identification from different jurisdictions in real-time. This capability is crucial for iGaming platforms with international users, as it enables quick user onboarding while maintaining high security standards.

4. Zero-Knowledge Proofs: These are used to verify information without revealing the actual data, enhancing user privacy and security. Zero-Knowledge Proofs are particularly beneficial in maintaining the confidentiality of personal information while still adhering to regulatory requirements.

5. Risk-Based Authentication: This approach tailors the verification process according to the perceived level of risk associated with a transaction. It minimizes user friction for low-risk activities while applying stringent verification for higher-risk transactions, balancing user experience with security needs.

6. Regulatory Technology (RegTech): RegTech solutions are increasingly being employed to help gambling platforms comply with various international regulations. These tools automate compliance processes, including customer data management, reporting, and monitoring, ensuring efficient and effective regulatory adherence.

7. Blockchain for KYC: Implementing blockchain technology creates decentralized and secure identity verification systems. This significantly lowers the risk of data breaches and unauthorized access, making blockchain a formidable tool in the KYC arsenal.

By leveraging these emerging trends in KYC technology, iGaming platforms can significantly enhance their security frameworks. These technologies not only deter fraud and identity theft, but also contribute to a safer and more trustworthy online gambling environment. They represent the cutting edge in the fight against fraud in the digital gambling sector.

Hannes Bezuidenhout

VP of Sales in Southern Africa

KYCMachine Learning