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LA LIGA FINED $280,000 BY DATA PROTECTION AGENCY

APP LISTENED IN TO CATCH MATCHES BEING STREAMED ILLEGALLY

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Spain’s national data protection agency (AEPD) has slapped the country’s soccer league, LaLiga, with a $280,000 (€250,000) fine for allegedly violating EU data privacy and transparen­cy laws.

La Liga’s app, used for keeping track of games and stats, used the phone’s microphone and GPS to track establishm­ents illegally streaming soccer games, Spanish newspaper El País reported.

The app has been downloaded over 10 million times. Its terms of service tell users that by giving the app permission to access location and microphone, they are consenting to LaLiga using their phones to detect fraudulent behavior, like illegally broadcast soccer games.

However, the Spanish data protection agency claims that the app didn’t make this clear, and has ordered LaLiga to take down the app by June 30.

La Liga plans to appeal the sanction, claiming that the agency doesn’t fully understand the app’s technology. Spain’s top profession­al football division said that it has always complied with data protection regulation­s and denied breaking the law. “La Liga disagrees profoundly with this decision, rejects the penalty imposed as unjust, unfounded and disproport­ionate and considers that the AEPD has not made the necessary efforts to understand how the technology works,” it said in a statement.

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