UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF THE GAME

Data protection and sport – an uncertain partnership

By Iain Taker published on 15 February 2012

Increasing numbers of sports clubs and bodies are using the expertise of third party specialists, be it for websites, apps, social networks or gaming platforms to interact with their fans domestically and internationally.  However, there appears to be a disconnect in terms of understanding the legal requirements and obligations the clubs are under when outsourcing (by way of a licence) or selling a database to a third party.  While data protection is not the most exciting topic to many it is particularly important with the Information Commissioner Officer (“ICO”) having the power to levy significant fines of up to £500,000 for breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (“Act”). 

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Iain Taker

Iain Taker

Iain is a lawyer at Kemp Little LLP who specialises in commercial and sports law. You can follow him on LinkedIn or on Twitter (@iaintaker). An example of work Iain has been involved in is the recent shirt manufacture agreement between Warrior Sports and Liverpool.

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