Spain's football (that soccer to our American readers) league LaLiga is facing a fine of €250,000 (some £222,000) from the country's data protection agency for violating transparency and privacy laws.
The app, which was downloaded 4 million times, tapped into its user's microphones to find bars that were illegally broadcasting matches.
Users had to give consent for the app to use their device's microphone.
If it sounded as though they were in a boozer while glued to a TV, say, the user's location would be used by the software's overlords to verify the punter was in an establishment that had all the right paperwork and subscriptions for showing the game in a commercial setting.
Nonetheless, the app asked a user's permission to use the microphone and Global Positioning System but was not transparent in how it will use them.
There has always been speculation in some corners that certain companies, in particular, social media companies use your phone microphone to gather data to hit you with targeted ads.
LaLiga claimed that it is technically impossible to determine human voices or conversations as the collected acoustic fingerprint is processed into an alphanumeric code which is supposedly irreversible. The app does note within the phrases of service that by giving the app permission, customers are consenting to LaLiga the spend of their telephones to detect spurious behavior, fancy pirated soccer video games.
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La Liga has refuted all charges brought by the AEPD and said that it has followed all European Union data protection rules.
The La Liga app provides users with schedules, player rankings, statistics, and league news.
In a statement to El País (translated from Spanish), La Liga expressed disappointment with the decision and suggested the regulators were ignorant of the technology involved.
On the different hand, the Spanish data protection agency claims that the app didn't fabricate this obvious, and has ordered LaLiga to resolve down the app by June 30th.
La Liga plans to continue using its fans in that fight against piracy.
La Liga will challenge the decision accusing the data protection agency of not making "the necessary effort to understand how the technology works".