The Golden State Warriors are facing off against a lawsuit that claims the NBA team's free app was secretly recording user conversations using their phones' microphones. The app was designed to deliver the latest scores, schedules, and news does ask permission for access to the microphone. However, a lawsuit filed on Monday in San Francisco says that what it doesn't do is disclose how much it will listen into your daily life.
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"Even more disconcerting, the app turns on the microphone (listening and recording) any time the app is running," the filing reads. "No matter if a consumer is actively using the app or if it is merely running in the background: the app is listening."
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act prohibits the "interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications." So if this is true, those in the lawsuit could get damages equal to the "the sum of actual damages suffered plus any profits defendants earned through its unlawful conduct."
The Warriors did not respond to requests for comments nor did the app developer, according to CNET.
Signal360, who licenses technology and was also named, denied that anything malicious was happening within the app: "There is a clear misunderstanding about how our technology works," Lauren Cooley, Signal360's chief operating officer, said in a statement. "Our technology does not intercept, store, transmit, or otherwise use any oral content for any purpose. We do not capture or store any conversations."