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Covington Leads on the First Global Data Protection Standard


LONDON, June 9, 2009 — An enhanced version of the world’s first data protection standard for athletes took effect on June 1, 2009. The International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information took effect on January 1, 2009, and an enhanced version was unanimously approved in early May 2009 by the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), consisting of sports and government representatives of all continents. Covington & Burling LLP’s Dan Cooper, who co-chairs the firm’s European Data Protection Group, with assistance from data protection advisor Kristof Van Quathem, helped WADA draft the Standard.

The Standard has a worldwide application and aims at ensuring that all relevant parties involved in the fight against doping in sport adhere to a minimum set of privacy protections when collecting and using personal information on athletes. This is the first standard of its kind worldwide, and an unprecedented demonstration of global commitment to a high level of data protection in sport.

Mr. Cooper commented: “This is a huge achievement for WADA which has fought long and hard to make sure protection of athletes’ personal data is taken seriously. We are delighted to have participated in this project.”

Covington’s Data Protection Practice is widely recognized for its excellence and is recommended by Chambers and Legal 500 in the US, Europe and the UK.

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