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LaLiga fined for tracking fans to bars televising games without a license

By Cal Jeffrey · 7 replies
Jun 12, 2019
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  1. According to Spanish news outlet El Diario, LaLiga released an app that allowed users to track soccer games and stats. The program has been downloaded by fans more than 10 million times. What users did not know was that the app was using their device’s GPS to track their location and its microphone to listen in on them.

    The application did not actually record audio, but instead would listen for LaLiga games being played in the background. The technology it used is similar to Shazam but for soccer games. If the algorithms identified a broadcast, location data would be sent back to LaLiga to determine if the location had a license to televise the match.

    "[The AEPD] has not made the necessary effort to understand how [this] technology works."

    Even though the app asks users for permission to use the microphone and GPS, it was not transparent in how these components were being used. Only by digging into the terms of service is it revealed that users were consenting to allow LaLiga to use their phones as a spying device to detect pirated football games.

    Unfortunately for LaLiga, that is not good enough. 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. It has mandated that LaLiga remove the app by June 30. The organization has appealed the order and fine claiming that the agency does not fully understand the technology and its use.

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  2. redhat

    redhat TS Member Posts: 36   +24

    We should have two terms of service
    1 - General shared between all apps (boring version)
    2 - Specific terms related to specific app only (the Info that companies tend to hide from users)
     
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  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,670   +2,433

    And the abuses will continue until the abusers see jail time.
     
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  4. PEnnn

    PEnnn TS Enthusiast Posts: 76   +78

    " LaLiga has been fined €250,000 ($280,000)"

    Yeah, that would teach a billion dollar giant a lesson!
     
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  5. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,456   +621

    lol yup it should be x10 that.

    As it is right now complete joke.
     
  6. Ravey

    Ravey TS Addict Posts: 152   +66

    I totally agree, I have noticed that a few firms do actually do this, but it could still be made a lot clearer. something very obvious like "DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO AGREE TO?" Then list the bits of the TOS that apply to the end user giving data back to the service being provided.
     
  7. Ravey

    Ravey TS Addict Posts: 152   +66

    Well they have also been told to shut the app down, which is a pretty big hit too, especially if the app is using ad revenue to keep it afloat.
     
  8. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,456   +621

    what is a big hit in ad revenue for a billion dollar company?
     

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