Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
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La Liga fined £225k after failing to inform app users of permissions

La Liga fined £225k after failing to inform app users of permissions

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

Spain's football (that soccer to our American readers) league LaLiga is facing a fine of €250,000 (some £222,000) from the country's data protection agency for violating transparency and privacy laws.

La Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) has fined LaLiga for $280,000 for violating the European Union's data privacy laws.

They then could use geo-location technology in the app to determine the exact location to find out if it was showing matches illegally. The league has confirmed that it intends to appeal the ruling in court.

According to El País (via Reuters), the issue surrounds the official smartphone app distributed by the league to keep fans informed of the latest scores and news.

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


League officials did not inform users they were utilising the microphones in their mobiles to identify venues that were illegally showing top-flight games.

"LaLiga 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", the statement reads.

La Liga plans to challenge the decision, insisting it has followed all existing regulations.

LaLiga has stressed that that the detection technology is not used outside of Spain, does not listen to user's conversations or voices, and is only adopted in the fight against "piracy in public establishments", which, it says, results in more than 150 million euros in lost revenues each year.

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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