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Why Did The Royal Spanish Football Federation Get Fined For Releasing A Zoom Recording?

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Thursday, 14 April 2022 By Ignacio Triguero Gea, Juan Alfonso Prieto Huang

On February 16th, 2022, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (“Federationorthe RFEF”) has been found guilty of breaking the European Regulation (EU) 2016/679 regarding the Protection of Natural Persons with regard to the treatment of personal data and the free movement of such Data (General Data Protection Regulations, “GDPR”) and the Spanish Organic Law 3/2018 on the Protection of Personal Data and guarantee of digital rights (LOPDGDD)1.

The RFEF was sanctioned by the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD)2 with a total fine of €200,000 for sharing the recording of a meeting held on Zoom without the knowledge or consent of the participants.

This article looks at the background of the issue and the arguments made by both the parties before AEPD along with the reasoning behind the AEPD’s decision. It also explores what avenues are available to the RFEF and the key takeaways from this issue.

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Ignacio Triguero Gea

Ignacio Triguero Gea

Ignacio Triguero is Senior Associate at Senn, Ferrero, Associates since 2017. He has extensive experience in advising on contractual, litigious, and regulatory matters to various operators in the field of sport and entertainment.

Juan Alfonso Prieto Huang

Juan Alfonso Prieto Huang

Senior Associate at Senn Ferrero Asociados Sports & Entertainment, S.L.P., Juan joined the firm in 2013. Previously he did an internship in the legal department of Real Madrid Football Club.

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