In response, it has updated its policy to include a plain language version explaining what data it uses and said it will be “clear with you about how and when we might share information”.
Essentially, it’s an introduction which explains what data it needs to ensure both main and optional features work.
“Broadly speaking, there are two categories of information we collect”, says the policy. “1) information that we must have in order for you to use Spotify; and 2) information that we can use to provide additional features and improved experiences if you choose to share that information”.
The first category includes general details like registration information, your activity (so it can recommend songs and playlists) and general location (so it knows what country you’re in).
The second category concerns optional features and goes into detail about why it would require access specific things like photos (if you wanted to change your profile photo or create cover art for a playlist), contacts (help find friends who use Spotify), microphone (to use voice controls) and specific location (create ‘collaborative listening experiences’ and highlight local events).
Its CEO and founder Daniel Ek said the updated policy is “intended to be a clear statement of our approach and principles about privacy”.
We hope it provides a healthy dose of clarity and context too. Yes, we still need to provide greater detail in the body of the policy, but those details are, and will always be, in keeping with the fundamental privacy principles we outline in the Introduction.
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