Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Sports Clubs Urged To Drop WhatsApp Over GDPR Issues

30th January 2020
Sports Clubs Urged To Drop WhatsApp Over GDPR Issues

Privacy concerns have prompted a call for Irish sports clubs to stop using WhatsApp for group chats, as The Irish Times reports.

Experts in the field have suggested that the popular smartphone messaging service, which is owned by Facebook, “does not comply” with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when used by professional and community organisations.

It’s claimed that the use of the platform by sports clubs, as well as political parties and voluntary organisations, may breach requirements “around the fair and transparent and lawful processing of data, as well as the security, integrity and confidentiality principal in the GDPR”.

The news comes after it emerged the GAA warned its member clubs as early as 2018 that use of WhatsApp risks breaking GDPR, and encouraged them to institute their own managed communications set-ups.

The Irish Times has much more on the story HERE.

Published in Sailing Clubs
MacDara Conroy

About The Author

MacDara Conroy

Email The Author

MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open. is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Car Brands

subaru sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
isora sidebutton

Featured Events 2020

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating