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Spotify CEO: Sorry about our super creepy new privacy policy

Caitlin McGarry | Aug. 24, 2015
Spotify didn't mean to make it sound like it was forcing you to hand over access to your phone.

Voice: We will never access your microphone without your permission. Many people like to use Spotify in a hands-free way, and we may build voice controls into future versions of the product that will allow you to skip tracks, or pause, or otherwise navigate the app. You will always have the ability to disable voice controls.

Contacts: We will never scan or import your contacts without your permission. Spotify is a social platform and many people like to share playlists and music they discover with their friends. In the future, we may want to give you the ability to find your friends on Spotify by searching for Spotify users in your contacts if you choose to do that.

Sharing: The Privacy Policy also mentions advertisers, rights holders and mobile networks. This is not new. With regard to mobile networks, some Spotify subscribers sign up through their mobile provider, which means some information is shared with them by necessity. We also share some data with our partners who help us with marketing and advertising efforts, but this information is de-identified—your personal information is not shared with them.

Is this apology and explanation sufficient enough to persuade you to stick with Spotify, or is this enough to send you running to another streaming service? 


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