La Liga fined by Spain's data protection agency

Ruben Fields
June 14, 2019

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

The official La Liga app, it was discovered, was using the location data and microphones of users' phones in order to track down bars which were illegally broadcasting matches.

On the different hand, the Spanish data protection agency claims that the app didn't fabricate this obvious, and has ordered LaLiga to resolve down the app by June 30th. The AEPD, Spain's data protection agency, said that such a usage should be made precisely known to the user and should not be hidden deep. The app, which is primitive for preserving song of video games and stats, used to be the spend of the cellular phone's microphone and Global Positioning System to song bars illegally streaming soccer video games, Spanish newspaper El País reported.

La Liga countered by saying it did offer two opportunities at the time of installation to block the spylike functions.

According to Spanish news outlet El Diario, LaLiga released an app that allowed users to track soccer games and stats. The rules require app-makers to expressly convey to users what they are doing with the data they're gathering.

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The soccer league responded by telling fans that the app's snooping elements were created to combat piracy.

La Liga is planning to challenge the ruling in court. League officials sought to clarify that the software protects individual users' rights because it doesn't record, store or listen to conversations.

La Liga plans to continue using its fans in that fight against piracy.

La Liga also said it will not be applying the data protection agency's recommendations.

La Liga said the more than four million users of its app in Spain "express proactively and twice over" their consent for the use of their mobiles for the detection of fraudulent behaviour from unauthorised establishments.

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