A class action lawsuit is threatening to throw a wrench in what has been an idyllic summer for the Golden State Warriors.
As first reported by SFGate, the suit claims that the team’s official app has been utilizing a technology that essentially turns the user’s phone into a microphone, allowing the user to be covertly recorded without permission. Additionally, the app, developed by a company called Yinzcam, utilizes a software that tracks the physical location of the user in order to personalize advertisements.
The suit claims the defendants, which include the Warriors, Yinzacam and Signal360, knowingly programmed the app to both listen to and track users, something that would violate the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The suit seeks damages that could result in a payout of $10,000 per class member.
“We have been made aware of the suit and it appears there is a misunderstanding about how our technology works,” Signal360 COO Lauren Cooly told Silicon Beat. “Our technology does not intercept, store, transmit, or otherwise use any oral content for marketing purposes or for any other purpose.”
The Warriors have yet to comment on the lawsuit.