An overview of FIFA’s new data protection regulations

Published 17 January 2020 By: Jonathan Bellamy

Football Data

On 24 October 2019, the FIFA Council at its meeting in Shanghai, China approved the FIFA Data Protection Regulations[1] (the Regulations), which came into effect on that date. The Regulations borrow heavily from the form and content of General Data Protection Regulation[2] (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

This article assumes some background knowledge of the GDPR.  For those readers wanting an introduction to the GDPR, please see this LawInSport article[3].


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Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
Jonathan Bellamy is barrister at 39 Essex Chambers specialising in commercial law and sports law. His sports law work includes commercial contract disputes, data protection and GDPR, insurance coverage 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.
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