Sportspeople step up legal action against betting and gaming groups over data use

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Hundreds of athletes have escalated legal action against betting, gaming, and data-processing companies over the use of their performance and tracking data, according to The Athletic.
Letters of action have now been issued, giving businesses a total of 28 days to engage in discussions or face further instructions to stop issuing personal data. The athletes believe such data was released without their permission or compensation.
Footballers from the Premier League, Scottish Premiership, Women’s Super League, English Football League, and National League are reportedly dissatisfied with the practice, which has been compared to the “wild west.” Players are also believed to be displeased with inaccuracies in some of the data sold, with instances of player heights and ethnicities being recorded incorrectly.

While there is no evidence that players are unhappy with their data being analysed for performance purposes, the frustration stems from the fact that their permission has not been requested and their data is being sold on to aid businesses such as gaming or gambling.

Project Red Card now includes female footballers, cricketers, and rugby players in addition to male footballers. Over 1,400 current and former athletes have signed up to the project, which is led by the Global Sports Data and Technology Group, and are suing for over £400 million in damages.

Manager Russell Slade is in charge of the operation and stated, “This case has always been about bread and butter footballers who normally have a limited career with a long life after football.”

“It only seems fair that companies making millions should share a portion of their profits with the people who create their wealth.”

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