Spotify revises user agreement; wants access to users’ location, sensors, voice, photos, and contacts

“Spotify has decided that it wants to know a lot more about you,” Thomas Fox-Brewster reports for Forbes. “It wants to be able to access the sensor information on your phone so it can determine whether you’re walking, running or standing still. It wants to know your GPS coordinates, grab photos from your phone and look through your contacts too. And it may share that information with its partners, so a whole load of companies could know exactly where you are and what you’re up to.”

“This has all been made apparent by a rather significant update to the Spotify privacy policy, pushed out to users today,” Fox-Brewster reports. “I’m now considering whether the £10 I pay for a premium membership is worth it, given the amount of privacy I’d be giving away by consenting.”

Fox-Brewster reports, “Here’s how Spotify says it shares information with advertisers and third parties, which provides some comfort on how identities are linked to the data that’s shared: ‘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.’ The vague policy also doesn’t make it clear what kinds of information would or wouldn’t be collected and shared.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Thomas, you want Apple Music, from Apple, who respects users’ privacy. You don’t want an intrusive, outmoded start-up with no cash flow that lacks Beats 1, lacks expert music curation, and lacks seamless syncing between devices, among many other lacks.

Don’t say “oh ok” to Spotify tracking your every move and utterance. Shout “HELL NO!” and switch to Apple’s non-intrusive, privacy-respecting Apple Music.

You can you can move your Spotify and/or Rdio playlists to Apple Music with one click with Move to Apple Music, exclusively for Mac users.

Taylor Swift calls Spotify a ‘start-up with no cash flow’ – August 4, 2015
Apple Music’s strategy: Free premieres for all, not exclusives for subscribers only – July 29, 2015
Oh ok, Apple Music already has over 10 million subscribers in just four weeks – July 28, 2015
Oh ok, Spotify listeners are upgrading to Apple Music – July 19, 2015
Oh ok, Spotify: Apple’s iOS 8.4 adoption already at 37 percent – July 7, 2015
Apple Music could kill more than just Spotify, it could kill music labels, too – June 25, 2015
Spotify founder: Oh ok, we don’t need to be number one in music streaming – June 11, 2015
Why Apple Music will gut and publicly execute Spotify – June 10, 2015
Spotify CEO claims to be ‘ok’ with Apple Music – June 9, 2015
Jimmy Iovine and Eddy Cue: Apple Music gunning for Spotify, YouTube, and terrestrial radio – June 9, 2015
Apple Music’s huge advantage over Spotify – June 9, 2015
Apple unveils revolutionary Apple Music service – June 8, 2015

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Correctu” for the heads up.]


  1. I’m kind of digging my free Rhapsody “unRadio” sub from T-Mobile (included with the unlimited data plan)… …no ads, unlimited skips, access to terrestrial radio stations (in many countries, not just the US) (including BBC1 and many other BBC channels)…..

    …so go ahead Apple and don’t take my money, and thanks TM for saving me big time over Verizon….

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