The Golden State Warriors have been accused of eavesdropping on its fans. A lawsuit filed this week in San Francisco federal court claims that the team’s mobile app secretly listens and records user conversation.
Fans download the app to know the latest Warriors news, schedules and scores. The app asks permission from users to access their mobile microphones, but it does not specify the scope of its control.
“Even more disconcerting, the app turns on the microphone [listening and recording] any time the app is running,” read the filing, via Uproxx. “No matter if a consumer is actively using the app or if it is merely running in the background: the app is listening.”
If allegations against the Warriors are proven true, the team would be guilty of violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. The legislation forbids the interception and disclosure of oral, wired or electronic communications.
Yinzcam, the developer of the app, and Signal360, its technology licenser, have also been implicated in the lawsuit. The Warriors organization and Yinzcam have yet to officially comment on the allegations. Meanwhile, a representative from Signal360 reiterated that its technology does not record nor store any user conversation, as per I4U.com.
The plaintiffs, a group of disgruntled Warriors fans, are requesting for a jury trial. Among others, the plaintiffs seek statutory damages as well as any profits the Warriors, Yinzcam and Signal360 made while committing the supposed unlawful act.
The latest controversy is just one of the many problems the Warriors need to address heading into the 2016-17 season. Recent reports indicated that if the duo of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant fails to bring another championship title in the Bay Area, the Warriors could lose both next summer.
Curry will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2017. If the Durant experiment falls flat on its face, the back-to-back MVP might bolt to the Charlotte Hornets, a team close to his heart.
As for Durant, the four-time scoring championship has player option for the 2017-18 season. Warriors president Rick Welts told CBS Sports Radio that Durant did not give the team his long-term commitment.