The Golden State Warriors may find themselves in hot water after a lawsuit was filed in federal court about their free-to-use mobile app.
The application lets fans check in on the latest scores while also sharing posts made from the team's social media accounts. But it also, according to the lawsuit, privately records your personal conversations.
Upon downloading it, the app asks for access to the user's microphone but does not disclose the fact that is supposedly listening to what the person is saying.
The Recorder reported the story earlier in the week, and the lawyer who filed the lawsuit said: “Even more disconcerting [is] the app turns on the microphone (listening and recording) any time the app is running. No mater if a consumer is actively using the app or if it is merely running in the background: the app is listening.”
The lawsuit lists the basketball franchise, that has shot to superstar territory in recent years and won their first title for 40 years in 2015, New York-based tech company Signal360, which licenses the product that has caused the issue and Yinzcam - based in Pennsylvania - who developed the app, as defendants.
The plaintiff also says Warriors app employees knew that "beacon" technology, which allows for tracking of users, was being used. The information picked up via this technology is used to send people targeted advertisements and learn about their behaviour.
It is estimated that the application, that is available throughout America and Europe, has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.