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Spotify Adopts New Privacy Policy

Maybe not all Spotify users will be pleased with this, but the famous company has adopted a new privacy policy.

Spotify's new privacy policy has entered into effect immediately, so this means that even though users may not like it, there is nothing they can do about it. Of course, it is recommendable for every user to thoroughly read the entire privacy policy issued by the famous company.

Well, for Spotify users who haven't took the time to read it, there are some things about this new policy privacy they might want to know. By accepting the new policy, users actually give the popular company the permission to collect the information they store on their devices, including here contacts, photos, but also 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," the new policy says. 

Spotify Privacy Policy
Having just this fact under consideration, there is no wonder that this policy has received so much criticism.

It is quite shocking the fact that Spotify wants to see user's photos and check out their contacts. It remains widely unclear why the company would need to access these files and how they would be of use to them.

Moreover, what seems to be most shocking is the fact that the famous company actually expects users to go through their contact list and ask everyone for consent for sharing their data with the company. How they will obtain this consent is something unknown for now, and the whole situation seems quite unexpected.

And that may not be the single change that the famous company will introduce. Actually, Spotify has also been criticized for invading the user's life by tracing his location and getting data about the speed of his movement.

The policy says that Spotify may "collect information about your location based on, for example, your phone’s GPS location or other forms of locating mobile devices (e.g., Bluetooth). We may also collect sensor data (e.g., data about the speed of your movements, such as whether you are running, walking, or in transit)."

Shortly, Spotify will get access to everything that the user does, including his interaction with other apps, such as Facebook. Spotify will also gain access to what the user shares on Facebook and much more.

The criticism against the company went further, as Spotify actually did not offer users an alternative. If they don't agree to share everything with the famous company, they cannot use the service. It is yet to see if for users accessing Spotify will be more important than keeping the privacy on their own personal data.

However, it is important to know that the settings can be personalized and users will be able to navigate through preferences and uncheck everything to make sure that their data won't be shared, even though this does not mean that it will stop the company from collecting data about its users.

Numerous users were extremely upset with these changes and claimed that unless the music service makes some changes to them, they will stop using the app all together.

Following the criticism, Spotify announced that they will issue an update to their privacy policy to clarify things and help users understand what that means, claiming that the service will not access their personal information, without their permission.

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