The challenge of the emerging data privacy issues that affect coaches and players within Australian Football

The challenge of the emerging data privacy issues that affect coaches and players within Australian Football

Background

Recently, a junior football coach namely Adam Hollingworth was advised by his regional football association that he had to sign a coaching contract which includes a clause that allows the FFA free use of his name and image. This intrusion on his privacy led Hollingworth to write to his regional Nepean Football Association based in outskirts of Sydney advising that “forcing me to give away my personal identity in order to voluntarily coach the same team I have coached for the previous three years is unreasonable.”[1]

However, even though Hollingworth objected to signing this junior coaching contract amid privacy concerns, he was told by both Nepean and the FFA there was no opt out mechanism and was threatened with de-registration as junior coach.

It has been confirmed that in Australia the coaching contract and standard playing...

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