European Data Protection Digest

Olympic Committee: Whereabouts Rule is Fair

PERSONAL PRIVACY—GERMANY

December 17, 2010

The general director of Germany's Olympic Committee has dismissed concerns from privacy groups that the national anti-doping agency's whereabouts rule violates athletes' privacy, TimesLive reports. The rule requires that athletes inform the German Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) of their locations so that they may be available for random tests. One privacy advocate questioned the legality of the requirement and described it as an "intolerable invasion of their privacy." But Olympic Committee General Director Michael Vesper said, "The athletes submit themselves voluntarily to the system in order to exercise their sport under fair conditions."
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