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As EU’s GDPR went into effect, terms and conditions of LaLiga’s app have revealed that the mobile platform has been spying on users.

laliga app 12 june 2018Spain’s football association has admitted that it has been monitoring users in order to know where they are, if they are watching a LaLiga game and if they are doing so through a legal feed. According to the association, the only goal is to detect and stop content piracy in public venues.

Following the new data protection rules inside the European Union, LaLiga’s app gives now the option for users whether to accept to be listened to. If users agree, LaLiga is allowed to remotely activate devices’ microphones, record short audio pieces and identify the required information.

Yet the association claims that no audio fragments are managed nor stored, as the app process them and sends only the important binary information to LaLiga servers.

However, the football organisation conceded that it had been doing this in the past for every smartphone which had installed the app without properly informing users. Though LaLiga was not actually forced to do so by the previous law, fans and users have shown their concern through the social media and via Android app stores and iOS devices.

According to LaLiga, piracy means losses in the region of €150 million season for Spanish football. Technology has been an important ally for LaLiga in the fight against illegal broadcasting and streaming. For instance, since last year, it has been using YouTube’s content ID tool to identify and erase pirate content from the social platform.