Oct 15, 2021

Are Footballers Getting Too Big For Their Boots?

Hundreds of professional footballers have threatened legal action against a number of data collection companies due to the way in which their data has been handled.

The use of data within sport, in particular football is not a new concept. The collection and distribution of data has been a part of modern football for some time, specifically for companies to provide a betting service by calculating odds, or for individual football clubs to manage player performance. Approximately 850 footballers are claiming compensation as a result of the misuse of their data by a number of data collection companies. It is alleged that the data collection companies are in breach of Article 4 of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) as ‘personal data’ includes the use of identifiable information such as physical attributes, location data or physiological information.

The footballers are claiming compensation from the data collection companies as well as an annual fee for any future use of their data. Depending on the success of the footballers’ claim, this could have a far-reaching impact beyond that of football in terms of data collection and trading within all sports.

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com

Posted by: Tom Staveley in: EU/International, Legal News, News

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