Consider the following data for amateur/professional athletes:

  • Athlete name,
  • Athletic event + best performance data


  • Joe Bloggs
  • 5k 19:00
  • 10k 40:00
  • Half Marathon 85:00
  • other events etc...

and high level system outline:

  • Data is collected from publicly available sources (data scraping)
  • Data is stored (cached) for up to one year
  • Data is made publicly available in a ranking format

Which personal data or copyright (or other) legal considerations need to be made about this data?

Is there a difference between doing this kind of thing for team results or individual results?

  • Be careful. It's hard to say without more details about the source of the data and what you plan to do with it, but I'd say it's entirely possible for you to fall foul of copyright here. – Stefano Palazzo Apr 4 '19 at 11:36

Although this information does indeed count as personal data, I don't think it would be subject to GDPR requirements, on freedom of information grounds. This use seems like the "journalistic purposes" referenced in Article 85. (If you follow that link, you can see how which GDPR requirements you would be specifically exempted from.) Recital 153 also says that "journalistic purposes" should be interpreted broadly:

In order to take account of the importance of the right to freedom of expression in every democratic society, it is necessary to interpret notions relating to that freedom, such as journalism, broadly.

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