An overview of FIFA’s new data protection regulations
On 24 October 2019, the FIFA Council at its meeting in Shanghai, China approved the FIFA Data Protection Regulations (the Regulations), which came into effect on that date. The Regulations borrow heavily from the form and content of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). There are however important differences. This article provides a brief overview, examining:
- The legal backdrop
- An overview of the Regulations and how they compare to the GDPR
- What they mean for member associations
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- Tags: Data Protection Directive | European Economic Area (EEA) | Federal Act on Data Protection 1992 (FADP) | FIFA | FIFA Data Protection Regulations | GDPR | General Data Protection Regulation | Swiss Civil Code
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About the Author
Jonathan Bellamy is barrister at 39 Essex Chambers specialising in commercial law and sports law. His sports law work includes commercial contract disputes (including player-club, player-agent, service contracts, marketing, sponsorship and online gaming), image rights and regulatory. Jonathan is a practising Chartered Arbitrator, FA Rule K arbitrator and arbitrator for Sports Resolutions’ Commercial, Football and Integrity & Discipline Panels. He is recognised in the major legal directories as “very strong at sports cases with a commercial and arbitration angle” and as a “first rate football litigator and renowned arbitrator".