According to a recent report by El País, Spain’s La Liga has been fined with €250,000 after the popular soccer league found guilty of violating EU privacy laws.
The report reveals that the app used smartphones’ microphones and GPS to identify bars which were streaming games without a license from the league authorities. In order to find out the bars’ location, the app recorded background noises entire day long without subscribers’ knowledge. As the app is extremely popular among soccer fans in the country to receive updated score and related news, the app collected enough data to help La Liga identify different bars using the data. Afterwards, the league authority would go on to take legal actions against offending bars.
As the La Liga committee didn’t inform its users about the use of their data, Spain’s AEPD data protection agency concluded that the popular league broke data protection laws.
However, in a statement to Reuters, La Liga said that it will appeal the decision. The company stated, “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.
“As a result, it will challenge the ruling in court to demonstrate that its actions have always been responsible and in accordance with the law.”