The latest Spotify update also means a new policy privacy, which, like many other social media platform policies, doesn’t actually seem that concerned with protecting user tastes and information from prying advertisers’ eyes.
Those who use Spotify, or any other social music streaming service in this day and age, probably know that their experience won’t actually be that private, or that their user habits won’t be sold to advertisers. Still, as Gizmodo points out, Spotify is seemingly taking this privacy-actually-no-privacy thing one bridge too far. For example, Spotify won’t just collect information about your location when you open their app, they also want to collect your “sensor data,” such as “data about the speed of your movements, such as whether you are running, walking, or in transit.” Creepy.
Along with storing your financial data, Spotify says that you authorize them to share it in this particularly yell-y part of their policy language:
Spotify also wants to disclose your data to foreign countries that have more lax privacy laws, which may be a clause in most privacy policies that I will definitely look out for from now on.
And, last but not least, Spotify might try and access your contacts, photos and media files on your phone, with your permission, of course, and that of your contacts.