An example of Data compliance Violation under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)



In the UK, professional football teams competed in the FOOTBALL LEAGUE. Within the league, they have the Premier League which is the top league followed by the Championship, League One and League Two.


In Italy, its called the Serie and within the Serie, they have Serie A, Serie B etc.


In Spain, the league is called the La Liga.


Recently a report said Spanish soccer league La Liga is facing a fine of €250,000 (approximately $283,000) for GDPR violations.


What was the nature of the violation? The La Liga has an official mobile app where fans of the La Liga can download it on their devices and follow the matches and all other activities of the league live.


In 2018, La Liga introduced a feature in the official Android app last year that activates the microphone and GPS functions when matches are being played, representing that with these features will help La Liga to identify venues such as bars or restaurants that are broadcasting soccer games illegally.


The Spanish Agency for Data Protection (La Agencia de Protección de Datos, or AEPD) levied the fine in June 2019 due to the league's violation of consent-related clauses in the GDPR. AEPD concluded that the La Liga did not properly disclose the nature of the microphone usage and users were not explicitly informed of the intended use of the microphone and geolocation permissions for the functionality to work.


La Liga said they are appealing the decision and fine.

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