La Liga app uses microphone and GPS to combat illegal streaming


In 2018, the Spanish La Liga app was found to be using the microphone and GPS to clamp down on bars infringing copyright by broadcasting matches without paying. Granting the app the permissions it requests at installation to access the mic and GPS location allows it to turn on the mic at any time. The company says that the audio clips it picks up are converted automatically into binary codes to identify illegal streams but are never listened to.
tags: apps, football, La Liga, Spain, sensors, copyright, geolocation
writer: Reuben Pinder
publication: Joe

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