While investigations into #KartaGate are under way, initial concerns about the personal data of thousands of citizens are being confirmed.
Concerns about the personal data of the fans seem to be confirmed after the revelations brought to light by Economy Today.
As the Commissioner for Personal Data Protection conducts research on #KartaGate, Nikolas Ioannidis, a lawyer and doctor of Public International Law, speaking to Economy Today, states that "the latest developments confirm our initial concerns, as the personal data of thousands of available to any individual ”.
As everything shows in the last 24 hours, the investigations are intensifying on how sensitive personal data of more than 10.000 fans were left exposed due to perforated software of the ticket sales platform to APOEL and Omonia fans, while the background for the involvement of non-ruling parties is shadowy.
On this, Dr. Nikolas Ioannidis notes that “instead of endless and without substantial results of research on the subject, the State must protect the personal data of its fans and citizens Republic of Cyprus".
Explaining that the only effective way to do this is to remove the unnecessary and disproportionate measure of the fan card.
He notes that "If they are really cut for the development of sports, the State, the KOP and the clubs should primarily devote resources to the improvement of both obsolete sports facilities and policing on the stadiums."
We have been warning since 2014 that data collection is not a panacea for violence
Nikolas Ioannidis states that since 2014 we have pointed out that the collection of personal data is not an appropriate, necessary and proportionate means for the elimination of violence in stadiums.
That is, by collecting, storing and processing the personal data of thousands of fans, acts of violence in the stadiums are not prevented or suppressed.
On the other hand, to consider so many people as suspects in the first place is clearly an out-of-person approach, since in order to justify the arrest / identification of a person, at least there must have been an attempt to commit a criminal act, adds Iodin.
Unfortunately, what the fan card achieved was to empty the stadiums (long before the pandemic), as thousands of fans - not just the organized ones - do not want to be potentially suspected of committing a crime simply because they want to be in the stands for to support their team.
In fact, the less popular sports suffered a major blow from the fan card, which, in any case, attracted a small number of spectators.
Source of information: economytoday.sigmalive.com