Sat. Sep 21st, 2019

LaLiga’s app listened in on fans to catch bars illegally streaming soccer

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/12/18662968/la-liga-app-illegal-soccer-streaming-fine

LaLiga’s app listened in on fans to catch bars illegally streaming soccer

Spain’s data protection agency has fined the country’s soccer league, LaLiga, €250,000 (about $280,000) for allegedly violating EU data privacy and transparency laws. The app, which is used for keeping track of games and stats, was using the phone’s microphone and GPS to track bars illegally streaming soccer games, Spanish newspaper El País reported.

Using a Shazam-like technology, the app would record audio to identify soccer games, and use the geolocation of the phone to locate which bars were streaming without licenses. El Diario reports that fans have downloaded that app more than 10 million times, essentially turning them into undercover narcs. The league claims that the app asks for permission to access the phone’s microphone and…

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Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/12/18662968/la-liga-app-illegal-soccer-streaming-fine

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