La Liga fined €250000 for app that listened in on users' phones

Doris Richards
June 14, 2019

The league claims that the app asks for permission to entry the cellular phone's microphone and space, and that the solutions - which is bought as a code, now no longer audio - is most productive primitive to detect LaLiga streams.

La Liga was fined $280,000 by the Spanish data protection agency for using their phone app to catch illegal streams of their games.

Spain's top football league has been hit with a large fine for not telling users it could turn on their phones' microphones and track their location.

The app would ask for permission to access the microphone and Global Positioning System data, but the AEPD says this was done in an "opaque" manner.

La Liga argues that piracy of its content costs it an estimated €400m annually in lost commercial and audiovisual rights.

According to El País, the league issued a statement announcing it will appeal the sanction, claiming the data protection agency did not make the necessary effort to understand the app's technology.

However, in a statement sent to SportBusiness Professional, LaLiga protests that users must "expressly, proactively and on two occasions grant their consent" for the app to access the microphone and location data, and adds that no audio is recorded, stored, or listened to by another person at any time.

Spanish daily El Diario reports that LaLiga has been using the app, which has been downloaded 10 million times, to identify bars that are showing matches illegally in a bid to clamp down on piracy.

The technology, which works similarly to the "acoustic fingerprint" used by software such as song-identification app Shazam, is activated during LaLiga transmissions, recording in bursts of five seconds once per minute.

'As a result, it will challenge the ruling in court to demonstrate that its actions have always been responsible and in accordance with the law'.

As they submitted their written plea, La Liga said the technology used is created to exclusively generate an acoustic fingerprint.

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