A group of current and former footballers, including those in Premier League, are pressing charges over the use of their performance data. Over 400 players have signed up for the “Project Red Card” – a term coined to represent the lawsuit.
The performance data is often utilized by betting companies to help punters make an educated guess before placing a bet or by fantasy football leagues to set imaginary teams. The main point of contention for the players is that betting and gaming companies never asked for their consent.
“When you collect that data, it’s potentially your hobby, which is fine. But when you start making money from that data, that’s where the issue lies. It’s a bit like you borrow someone’s car saying you need to go buy groceries, but then you use it as a taxi service and make money from it,” explained Richard Dutton, Director of ELIAS Partnership, a company that handles the case alongside Global Sports Data and Technology Group.
Project Red Card’s argument falls under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU and the Data Protection Act of 2018 in the United Kingdom.