• €250,000 fine imposed by data watchdog
• ‘We profoundly disagree with this decision’
La Liga has been ordered to pay a €250,000 (£220,000) fine after Spain’s data protection watchdog said its official match-following app had been used to spy on bars that had been showing games illegally.
Last year, the online newspaper eldiario.es reported that the app allowed the league to remotely activate the microphone on a mobile phone to determine whether the device’s owner was in a bar that hadn’t paid to screen the match. According to the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD), such use of the app – which has been downloaded by more than 4 million people – violated transparency principles.