Spanish soccer league defends telephone ‘spying’

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Spanish soccer league L. A. Liga has defended the privateness coverage of its app after admitting it was once accessing the microphone and GPS of Android customers.

It mentioned it had been looking to monitor down venues illegally broadcasting matches, by means of matching audio data and call area.

The app, downloaded greater than 10 million times at the Google Play Retailer, has been criticised via fans.

Los Angeles Liga said it wanted to “give protection to clubs and their lovers from fraud”.

The broadcasting of soccer matches in public places without a paid licence value the sport an estimated ONE HUNDRED FIFTY million euros (£132m; $177m) a yr, it said.

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In a press release on its site (in Spanish), L. A. Liga stated that it had asked for consent on the element at which the app was both put in or up to date.

It brought it had won the microphone information handiest as code in preference to audio, and that it will fit that code with audio information from a match.

The app has been hit with a string of poor reviews because the news spread on social media.

Several have accused La Liga of the usage of their telephones so as to undercover agent on them.

Leaving a assessment at the Google Play Store, one accused the app of turning customers into police informants without them realising.

“Spying on you via microphone!” wrote every other.

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