Scunthorpe United have provided further clarification following Chairman Peter Swann’s statement on Tuesday regarding the legal dispute between the club and Reach PLC, owner and operator of the Scunthorpe Telegraph.
The Iron have today strongly denied comments from supporters that suggested the club had asked Reach PLC to act contrary to obligations under GDPR or Data Protection Act 2018 and provide personal details of a website user posting under the nickname of ‘lucathedog’.
The statement read:
“Following the Chairman’s statement on Tuesday concerning the current issues between the Club and Reach PLC, the owner and operator of the Scunthorpe Telegraph, it has become apparent that it would be useful for the law in relation to this matter to be clarified for the benefit of the fans.
Under no circumstances have the Club asked Reach PLC to act contrary to Reach PLC’s obligations under either the GDPR or the Data Protection Act 2018. Any suggestion that the Club has invited Reach PLC to do so are wide of the mark and highly offensive to the Club and its Board.
Reach PLC and the Club have been in dialogue since the end of 2017 concerning the disclosure of user details via the operation of section 5 of the Defamation Act 2013 and the associated regulations, in addition to other potential remedies provided for by the law on third party disclosure. The Club are well aware of their obligations under the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR, and the obligations of Reach PLC under the same.
The Club has invited Reach PLC to suggest that the users specifically mentioned in the previous post ‘lucathedog’ and ‘lucathedog1’ make contact with the Club or the Club’s lawyer and reveal themselves if they sincerely wish to assist in contributing to the settlement of this issue between the Club and Reach PLC.”