LaLiga's app listened in on fans to take bars illegally streaming soccer

La Liga fined €250k for using fan app to detect illegal streams

Because of that, it was determined that La Liga was improperly collecting the personal data of users.

They have made it mandatory for LaLiga to remove the app by June 30.

LA LIGA have been fined £225,000 by Spain's data protection agency for spying on fans via an app.

La Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) has fined LaLiga for $280,000 for violating the European Union's data privacy laws. La Liga have said that at no time have they "recorded, stored or listened to any conversations" of their users. When it detected that users were in bars, the app would record audio - much like Shazam - to determine if a game was being illegally shown at the venue.

According to the El Diario report, after users give their consent for the app to use their device's microphone, LaLiga can remotely activate the mic to try to determine if the user is in a bar or public establishment that is showing football.

La Liga have said it will no longer be used from the end of this season [June 30] as originally planned but added they will "continue to test and implement new technologies to improve the experience of fans around the world, and at the same time, help combat the very serious scourge of piracy".

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It's a devious method to keep an eye on pirates skirting their bills, but, as the AEPD ruled, it was also a violation of GDPR.

LaLiga has previously stated that, overall, illegal piracy costs the organisation an estimated 400 million euros per year.

'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'.

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.

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

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