The NHL Players’ Association and the NHL Players Health and Safety Department have launched a new initiative to investigate whether the league is keeping players’ phones and other devices under surveillance.
The union says it plans to release its findings this week, which will be based on a survey conducted by the union’s national health and safety chief.
The union’s health and health care chief, Dr. David Riedel, said the league has a “duty to act to protect our players’ health and well-being, and this will serve as a starting point for us to identify the mechanisms that may be in place to protect players’ privacy and safety.”
Riedel says the union will also examine how the league deals with players’ devices on the ice.
The NHLPA says it has identified devices such as cell phones, personal video recorders, and other mobile devices that have been used to monitor players and other players.
But Rieder says the league also needs to look at how the union monitors its players’ personal devices.
“We need to look into how those devices are being used, and we need to be sure that those devices aren’t being used in a way that could violate the NHLPA’s privacy and health and wellness policy,” he said.
Rieder, who has worked in the health and welfare office of the NHL since 2000, said that players are required to provide medical and welfare information to the union and that the league should do the same.
“We have a duty to protect those players’ and the league’s privacy, safety, and welfare.
If that means having our players disclose that information, then we have to do that,” Rieden said.
The NHLPA has asked for the league to disclose information about its compliance with the union health and human rights policies.