Spotify Demands That it Stores Your Photos, Contacts, Voice, Location and How Fast You Walk
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Here’s the first warning sign, taken from the “Information We Collect” section of the new policy:
So not only does this mean that Spotify is now storing our photos and media files for no apparent reason, but it is also storing the information of our contacts. Think about that for a second: this means that even if you don’t personally have a Spotify account, if your friend does and agrees to this new policy, your contact information will now be stored by Spotify. The streaming platform will also record and store your voice commands, presumably so it can listen to the soothing, dulcet tones of your voice when it goes to bed at night.
“Depending on the type of device that you use to interact with the Service and your settings, we may also collect information about your location based on, for example, your phone’s GPS location or other forms of locating mobile devices (e.g., Bluetooth). We may also collect sensor data (e.g., data about the speed of your movements, such as whether you are running, walking, or in transit).”
The policy also reveals how it will find out what you’ve been doing on third-party applications such as Facebook:
“You may integrate your Spotify account with Third Party Applications. If you do, we may receive similar information related to your interactions with the Service on the Third Party Application, as well as information about your publicly available activity on the Third Party Application. This includes, for example, your “Like”s and posts on Facebook.”
“We may share information with advertising partners in order to send you promotional communications about Spotify or to show you more tailored content, including relevant advertising for products and services that may be of interest to you, and to understand how users interact with advertisements. The information we share is in a de-identified format (for example, through the use of hashing) that does not personally identify you.”
Unfortunately if you don’t want to agree to have all this information of yours exchange hands, then the only option you have is to stop using Spotify. Complaints can be filed to the email address [email protected], though, so hopefully the company takes note of the uproar (and their flooded inbox) and decides to backtrack on a few of these policies in the near future.