La Liga fined €250k for using its app to catch illegal soccer streams


La Liga in a statement to El País (translated from Spanish) expressed disappointment in the decision and accused regulators of not properly understanding the technology involved. The soccer league argued that users were asked twice by the app for their consent to access their phone’s microphone, and did not store any actual audio from its users. 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. Still, regulators weren’t convinced that app users knew what they were signing up for. Despite appealing the fine, La Liga plans to remove the microphone feature from its app by the end of the month.

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