Spanish league denies charges about microphone in its app

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It also knows when they're watching games and where.

La Liga is planning on removing the microphone feature from the app by the deadline, but is determined to not remove it in its entirety. Instead, La Liga claims that the technology behind the app only captures an "audio fingerprint", meaning that human voices would not be able to be deciphered.

The spend of a Shazam-fancy expertise, the app would file audio to name soccer video games, and spend the geolocation of the cellular phone to stumble on which bars had been streaming without licenses. The program has been downloaded by fans more than 10 million times.

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.

But it turns out, it wasn't Facebook listening to you that you should be anxious about, it was a certain soccer league in Spain.

La Liga also contested the AEPD's ruling that it violates transparency, stressing that users must consent twice to activating the microphone function on the app.

If you accept the specific and optional box enabled for this goal, you consent to the access and use of your mobile device's microphone and geopositioning functionalities so that LaLiga knows from which locations football is being streamed and thus detect any fraudulent behaviour by unauthorised establishments. The AEPD, Spain's data protection agency, said that such a usage should be made explicitly clear to the user and not be buried deep in the legalese.

"All this technology was implemented to achieve a legitimate goal", La Liga said, adding that it has a responsibility to use all technological advances at its disposal to "fight against piracy".

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.

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