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Spotify wants to know your GPS location and look at your photos and contacts

Spotify wants to know your GPS location and look at your photos and contacts
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Spotify is a site and app that lets you stream unlimited music. It's one of the most popular music providers in the world. So why does a music streaming site need your photos, contacts and GPS location? This is potentially a big invasion of your privacy if you're a user.

A brand new privacy policy went out to users, and if you agreed to the new conditions when you opened up Spotify, you may want to reconsider. Part of it reads, "we may collect information stored on your mobile device, such as contacts, photos, or media files." Another section says it can collect your GPS location and sensor data, like "whether you are running, walking, or in transit."

These intensive privacy invasions are for both paying Spotify users and those who use the free version. What could they possibly want all of that data for?

Spotify CEO Daniel Elk got an earful - or an inbox-full - after the new privacy policy went out. He responded in a blog post the next day.

The Spotify CEO wrote that they "are 100 percent committed to protecting our users' privacy and ensuring that you have control over the information you share." How so?

He says that Spotify will ask for "express permission before accessing any of this data." The photo accessibility is only if you give permission, for things like personalized cover art for a playlist.

Same goes for accessing your location and contacts, he writes. If you let Spotify know your location, they can let you know what music is trending in your area. In the future, accessing your contacts may be able to show you which are Spotify users so you can share playlists and music.

"We're listening to you and we take your concerns very seriously," he writes. If you have further questions about the privacy policy, you can email them to privacycomments@spotify.com.

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Source: Forbes
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