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How UK Sports Governing Bodies can prepare for the new General Data Protection Regulation

Published 05 December 2017 | Authored by: Thomas Barnard Ghilas Lounis

With the 25 May 2018 deadline for implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation1 (the GDPR) fast approaching, it is crucial that national Sports Governing Bodies (SGBs) have taken, or are imminently about to take, appropriate measures to ensure they comply with the legislation.

This article outlines the key provisions of GDPR and how they are likely to apply to the UK’s SGBs. In doing so, it takes account of the obligations on SGB under the UK’s new Code for Sports Governance (the Code). Specifically, it looks at:

  • The application of the GDPR to UK sports governing bodies

  • How the Code interacts with the GDPR

  • What the GDPR does and why it is relevant to SGBs

  • The role of the UK’s Data Protection Bill

  • What should SGBs be doing now to ensure compliance with the GDPR?

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Thomas Barnard

Thomas Barnard

Tom is a solicitor specialising in commercial litigation and sports law. He acts for a wide variety of high-profile athletes, including cricketers, footballers, gymnasts and cyclists.

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Ghilas Lounis

Ghilas Lounis

Ghilas is a Trainee Solicitor with a particular interest in both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of sports law. Ghilas has acted for players regarding image rights structures and employment matters. He has also assisted sports clubs on a variety of commercial matters.

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