Warriors score points in privacy lawsuit over so-called eavesdropping app

It’s not quite a slam dunk, but it’s pretty close.

According to a report by The Recorder, a federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that accused the Golden State Warriors of using its free mobile app to listen to fans’ private conversations.

The lawsuit, filed in August in San Francisco federal court, attacks the app’s use of “beacon” technology, which tracks a smartphone’s location and uses that data to send its owner targeted ads. Beacons placed throughout an area send out audio signals which are picked up by the phone’s microphone, allowing the app to track the user.

The lawyers who filed the suit called the app’s use of beacon technology “disconcerting,” and said the app turned on the phone’s microphone whenever it was running — even if the app was running in the background.

But the judge Monday found the plaintiff failed to show the app used the contents of her conversation, rather than just her location, The Recorder reported.

The plaintiff, a New York resident, may amend her complaint and try again, according to The Recorder. But to succeed, she must pinpoint a specific time when she was having a private conversation with someone about a topic and received a targeted ad about that same topic.

A spokeswoman for Signal360, which licenses the technology in question, in August said the accusations stemmed from a misunderstanding.

“Our technology does not intercept, store, transmit, or otherwise use any oral content for marketing purposes or for any other purpose,” she wrote.

Photo: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after making a 3-pointer from near the half-court line at the end of the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)




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