Spotify’s New Privacy Policy Is Apalling

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Image obtained with thanks from David M. via Flickr.

Privacy-wise, service providers have been stooping lower over the past few years, and what’s left of user privacy is being eroded away. Companies have been slipping ever more rubbish into their EULAs and other agreements, possibly because people don’t read them (people probably don’t read them because they are many thousands of words in length).

Image obtained with thanks from David M. via Flickr.
Image obtained with thanks from David M. via Flickr.

Spotify’s new privacy policy obliterates the very concept of user privacy. They state in their terms and conditions of use that they can collect your photos, gather information about your Facebook interactions (this can be disabled by disconnecting Spotify from your Facebook account), your location (nothing new here), your contacts, and other media files.

A Spotify spokesperson told Gizmodo:

‘Spotify is constantly innovating and evolving its service to deliver the best possible experience for our users. This means delivering the perfect recommendations for every moment, and helping you to enjoy, discover and share more music than ever before. The data accessed simply helps us to tailor improved experiences to our users, and build new and personalized products for the future. Recent new features include Spotify Running, which matches the BPM of your music to the pace of your run, or the new Discover Weekly feature, which curates a weekly playlist based on your tastes.’

Why would they need all of that information just to tailor a music streaming service to you? If you have any insight to share, feel free to post it in the comment section or contact us.