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Spain’s National Football League Uses Their App to Spy on Millions of Fans and the Bars They Attend

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The Liga de Fútbol Profesional, the body that runs the most popular sport in Spain, is using the mobile phones of millions of football fans to spy on bars and other public establishments that offer the league’s matches to their customers.

The app has been downloaded more than 10 million times, according to data from Google and Apple.

Once the user gives the app consent to use the phone’s microphone, La Liga remotely activates the mic and attempts to detect if the surroundings sound like a bar or other public establishment that might be showing their games without paying for broadcasting rights.

Liga de Fútbol Profesional clarifies that “nobody accesses the audio fragments captured by the microphone” since the sound “automatically becomes a signal, a binary code.” A computer system can detect fraudulent activity “without storing any recording or content.”

The app is used only in Spain and “only against public piracy,” says La Liga, “which causes us losses of more than 150 million euros.”

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La Liga de Fútbol Profesional, el organismo que dirige la competición deportiva más importante en España, está utilizando los teléfonos móviles de aficionados al fútbol para espiar a bares y otros establecimientos públicos que ponen partidos para sus clientes.

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