Footballers now have a new platform to manage their personal information, thanks to the international union for professional footballers, Fifpro. The new database is meant to give players more control over their data by creating a central home for all metrics collected across what can often be nomadic careers in a fragmented and complex industry. This has implications for performance management, employment, and commercial matters, as contract negotiations are increasingly conducted with reference to data. However, there may still be legal issues around the use of such data, especially since performance data that are available in the public domain may not realistically be protected from use by others. It's also possible that disputes in other areas of law, such as competition and intellectual property, may emerge.
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