La Liga fined for spying on app users to find illegal streams

12 June 2019

La Liga
Photo: Getty Images La Liga fined for using its popular app to find bars illegally broadcasting games by tapping into users’ location data and microphones. Here Brahim Diaz of Real Madrid and Marc Bartra of Real Betis Balompie battle for the ball during the La Liga match between the two teams in May.

The Spanish Data Protection Agency has fined La Liga for illegally using geolocation and microphones in its app to find illegal streams.

La Liga admits it has used the technology but denies wrongdoing as users accept the app will use their microphone.

Christian Fomsgaard Jensen cfj@offthepitch.com

Be careful where you put your phone. Someone might be listening trough your microphone without your knowledge - and in this case, the one listening is La Liga. 

The Spanish league has been fined €250,000 by the Spanish Data Protection Agency in a spectacular case for violating several EU laws on transparency and data privacy, according to Spanish media outlet El Pais

La Liga has used its popular app, downloaded by more than four million in Spain, to find bars illegally broadcasting games by tapping into users’ location data and microphones. 

Do you want to read this article?

Get instant access by subscribing to our free weekly newsletter.

You will receive a link that unlocks the article in an email.

Passionate about football and the business behind the beautiful game?

Subscribe now to access all the latest news and exclusive industry insights from leading football finance experts.

30-day free trial

Start trial

Already a member? Login