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CFA stops online ticket sales after personal data ruling

The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) announced on Wednesday it stopped selling tickets via its website after an interim decision by Personal Data Commissioner Irene Loizidou-Nicolaidou said the procedures appeared to violate the law.

A day earlier, Nicolaidou issued an interim decision calling on the CFA to stop selling tickets for football fans on its website for away fans as it collected what she deemed an excessive amount of personal data – full name, ID, mobile and house phone number, date of birth, gender, email and home address.

In the decision, circulated to the head of the CFA, the attorney-general and head of police, Nicolaidou said she asked the CFA head a series of questions over the matter on December 19 but had yet to receive a response despite the two-day deadline she had given.

Wednesday’s announcement by the CFA specified the two parties were in contact, that Loizidou’s questions had now been answered and no more football tickets would be sold from their website.

The CFA had said last month the decision was taken in an attempt to curb violence in stadiums and as such tickets for away fans in games between Anorthosis, Aek, Apollon, Apoel, Ael and Omonia would only be available through the association’s website.

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