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Spotify’s New Privacy Policy Is Unsettling

Effective as of August 19th, 2015, Spotify has introduced their newest Privacy Policy measures. The issue? It's very unsettling. If you're concerned with your privacy online than you may be worried with Spotify's new measures.

Regarding Going Through Your Contacts & Photos

With your permission, we may collect information stored on your mobile device, such as contacts, photos, or media files. Local law may require that you seek the consent of your contacts to provide their personal information to Spotify, which may use that information for the purposes specified in this Privacy Policy.

Information About Your 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.

Storing Credit Card Information

If you sign up for a Trial (as defined in the Terms and Conditions of Use), purchase any of our Paid Subscriptions (as defined in the Terms and Conditions of Use), or make other purchases through the Service, your credit or debit card information (such as card type and expiration date) and other financial data that we need to process your payment may be collected and stored by us and/or the payment processors with which we work. We may also collect some limited information, such as your postal code, mobile number, and details of your transaction history, all of which are necessary to provide the Service.

So why is Spotify collecting all of this information? They say “We may use the information we collect, including your personal information….to provide, personalise, and improve your experience….”

Will you keep Spotify? It seems that Notch has already cancelled his service.

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So what now? Well Daniel Ek (CEO of Spotify) wrote a blog post this morning titled “SORRY.” He explains “We are in the middle of rolling out new terms and conditions and privacy policy and they’ve caused a lot of confusion about what kind of information we access and what we do with it. We apologize for that. We should have done a better Job in communicating what these policies mean and how any information you choose to share will – and will not – be used.” “We understand people’s concerns about their personal information and are 100 percent committed to protecting our users’ privacy and ensuring that you have control over the information you share,” said Daniel.

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H/t: Gizmodo

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