A few days ago, Spotify updated their privacy policies stating that they will collect more user information and then share it with third parties. Spotify collected users photos, contacts, and location to improve its services, but that plan backfired and caused a large uproar from the those using the service. Not a great way to keep your customers, but it’s nothing new for a company to change their policies.
Chief executive Daniel Ek went out and said that “Spotify should have done a better job in communicating what these policies mean.” Though Ek stands by the new privacy policies, he goes on to explain why they are required.
Permissions are asked before using any information collected. What is collected will allow one to customize their experience with Spotify. For example, the photos being collected by individuals could be used as a playlist cover photo if the user wishes to have one. Contacts on the other hand are for sharing albums, playlists, and songs so others can listen to that hip new artist or band. GPS was not mentioned, but we can only assume that it’s used for finding music that people in your area are listening to and sharing.
I can see how all of this can be of some use (mainly for Spotify), even when asking for permission, but it’s still creepy that your information is being accessed. Do keep in mind that you DO have the option to opt out of all this. Plus side to of all this, Ek has let everyone know that the policy will be updated in the upcoming weeks.
If you’re a user of Spotify, are you ok with them collecting all this information from you more than they already have? Let us know how you feel about it by leaving your comment below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.Source: Sky News
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