Big-Data, Surveillance, Sports and the Law

18 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2016

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Philip Hartig-Franc

University of New South Wales (UNSW), Faculty of Law, UNSW Law Students

Date Written: January 22, 2016


The capture and analysis of data has experienced unprecedented growth in recent times namely due to advancements in technology and the subsequent development of capable engines and computers able to assess, interpret and understand big-data in a variety of fields, professions and contexts. In a modern contextual setting, big-data and the subsequent analysis of that which is collected can play crucial roles in terms of security, surveillance and law enforcement, via predictive policing techniques, in a healthcare context, via the digitalising of medical records and pre-emptive measures in dealing with potential viral outbreaks for instance. Furthermore in a commercial context, big-data analysis is crucial for interpreting market trends and patterns, including creating a better picture of whom and what a potential customer base is. Along with these areas, big-data collection and analysis has proven to be an absolutely essential component in recent times, in the multi-billion dollar world-wide industry that is modern day sports. Data analysis can come in many forms in a sporting context, but generally is being increasingly utilised by all the major sporting teams in competitions around the world and across a variety of countries.

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Hartig-Franc, Philip, Big-Data, Surveillance, Sports and the Law (January 22, 2016). UNSWLJ Student Series No. 16-03, Available at SSRN:

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