The relationship between data protection and referee reports in English Football
This article considers the use of personal data in reports submitted by referees to the Football Association (FA - or relevant County FA) following each game that they oversee, whether that data is subject to the General Data Protection Regulation[i] (GDPR), and if so, what steps need to be taken to ensure that the processing of that data is compliant with the GDPR.
For ease of reading, references to the FA in this article include the national Football Association and County FA’s collectively and references to the GDPR means the GDPR as it has been incorporated into English law post-Brexit and applies in the United Kingdom.
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- Tags: Data | England | Football | General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) | Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) | Regulation | The FA | Wales
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Jonathan is a commercial lawyer and leads the Data Protection and Privacy practice group at Charles Russell Speechlys. He advises clients across a broad range of sectors (including retail, technology, sport, financial services, advertising and pharma) on all issues relating to data protection and privacy. This includes advising in relation to, amongst other areas, complex commercial transactions with a data or technology element, managing compliance projects in the UK and internationally, cross border and domestic data transfers, preparing for and dealing with data security breaches and data subjects exercising their rights.