Spain's La Liga hit with data protection penalty

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

As a result of the revelations, Spain's national data protection agency (AEPD) has fined LaLiga 250,000 euros for not adequately informing users that the app can activate their microphones and monitor their location.

There has always been speculation in some corners that certain companies, in particular, social media companies use your phone microphone to gather data to hit you with targeted ads.

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".

They then could use geo-location technology in the app to determine the exact location to find out if it was showing matches illegally.

La Liga has refuted all charges brought by the AEPD and said that it has followed all European Union data protection rules.

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La Liga - the highest men's professional division of the Euro nation's football league system - must cough up the €250,000 ($280,000, £222,000) penalty after it was slapped by Spanish watchdog AEPD for breaking Europe's tough regulations safeguarding privacy.

La Liga countered by saying it did offer two opportunities at the time of installation to block the spylike functions. The rules require app-makers to expressly convey to users what they are doing with the data they're gathering.

"These fraudulent activities represent an estimated loss of €150 million annually for Spanish football, which translates into direct damage for clubs, operators and fans, among others", La Liga said.

They said they believe the AEPD "has not made the necessary effort to understand how technology works".

The agency found that La Liga did not adequately notify users about the app's surveillance components and therefore violated the basic principle of transparency under the European Union legislation.

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