More Privacy for Competitive Athletes

Press release / 6.6.2016

Professional athletes have to disclose their future whereabouts in the ADAMS online reporting system of the World Anti Doping Agency. This far-reaching collection of personal information is in clear conflict with German privacy laws. In the PARADISE project Fraunhofer FIT aims to make transparent how this information is used. Results of the project will be presented at a conference on Digitization / IT security on June 20, 2016 in Cologne.

Competitive athletes are subject to frequent unannounced doping tests. To make these tests possible, they have to disclose their whereabouts for three months into the future in an online reporting system. This system still is highly controversial among the athletes involved, one major criticism being that the athletes have no information on how their personal data is stored and who can access it. The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) currently funds a project to design a Privacy-enhanced And Reliable Anti-Doping Integrated Service Environment (PARADISE) that aims to make more transparent what happens to the personal and location-based data of competitive athletes.

"We are developing a secure system environment that will let only authorized third parties access just the data needed to plan an upcoming doping test. Thus we can safeguard privacy, transparency and the athletes' control over their personal data", says Dr. Marc Jentsch, leader of the PARADISE project at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT.

The project also considers the potential use of a wearable device that can localize the athlete 'on demand'. This would mean that location data is captured and transmitted only when a doping test is imminent, and might help to avoid disclosure of an athlete's complete personal schedule, which is not just time-consuming to keep accurate but also highly problematic from a privacy point of view. To develop methods that let the athlete know who accessed their personal data is another important – and controversial – part of the project.

"IT Security" and "Societal Change through Digitization" have for some time been high on the agenda of science and research. For the ministry of science of North Rhine-Westphalia, pressto GmbH is organizing a small conference on "Digitalization and IT Security" for policy makers, business leaders and researchers. In a "Market of Opportunities", companies and institutions will present current activities, among them the PARADISE project presented by Fraunhofer FIT. We invite you to meet us at KOMED/Mediapark in Cologne on Monday, June 20, 2016, starting at 5:00 p.m.

Fraunhofer FIT acts as coordinator for the PARADISE project and is responsible for requirements analysis. FIT is also involved in pilot testing and evaluating the solutions developed in the project. The PARADISE consortium also includes Fraunhofer AISEC, gekko mbH, TU Berlin, ULD Schleswig-Holstein and Uniscon GmbH.