After a recent app update, the music streaming service wanted access to “contacts, photos or media files” stored on mobile devices, data from GPS and movement sensors, some voice commands and contact information, but not without permission from friends. (Video via Spotify)
Data-hungry policies are the new norm
Now, Spotify has issued a blog post clarifying its requirements, and hopefully calming some panic: access to all this data will require permission from users.
And CEO Daniel Ek says, “We will only use it for specific purposes that will allow you to customize your Spotify experience.”
The one exception is sharing. Ek says Spotify shares some data with your mobile carrier if you subscribe that way and shares some anonymous data with advertisers. (Video via Spotify)
But Windows, at least, has to support features like Cortana, which work best when they can analyze more data for meaning and improve speech and text recognition. (Video via Microsoft)
Spotify, for its part, says, “The privacy and security of our customers’ data is – and will remain – Spotify’s highest priority.”