The program recorded geolocation and audio data from users’ smartphones to calculate bars with illegal broadcasts.
The Spanish football league La Liga was fined for misusing the app to catch illegal streamers. The Spanish regulator ordered the association to pay 250 thousand euros for violating several European laws and remove the annex by June 30. This was reported by the newspaper El Pais.
About four million people use the La Liga application to track game results. As the Spanish Data Protection Agency found out , the program collected geolocation data and recorded audio from the users’ device microphones in order to calculate bars with illegal football broadcasts.
Representatives of La Liga in a conversation with El Pais said they were disappointed with the decision and accused the regulator of misinterpreting the work of the technology. According to them, the application twice asked the user about access to the microphone and did not store the recorded data from users.
In La Liga, they claim that they collected only “audio-blind” in which human voices could not be decoded. Despite filing an appeal, the association intends to turn off data recording through microphones by the end of June.