Spotify has defended the recent update to its terms and conditions, which sees the streaming service ask for access to information stored on your mobile device, such as contacts, photos, or media files, as well as location and sensor data.
The company came under fire from the media, including a Forbes article which called the streaming service ” real creepy” in a headline.
iOS users will be able to deny access requests to individual facets of their devices, such as the microphone or location, while Android users will have to wait until a new update in coming in Q4 this year.
A statement provided to Music Ally from Spotify claimed that “the data accessed simply helps [Spotify] to tailor improved experiences to [its] users, and build new and personalised products for the future… Throughout, the privacy and security of [its] customers’ data is – and will remain – Spotify’s highest priority”.
The wording is very similar to that of the streaming service’s recent blog post, informing users of the changes: “The privacy and security of our customers’ data is – and will remain – Spotify’s highest priority. We will always ask for individual permission or clearly inform you of the ability to opt out from sharing location, photos, voice and contacts.”
The blog post also stated: “We want to be as open and transparent as possible when it comes to how we describe our business, how we work with advertisers, what information we collect, and what we do with it. We also want to make sure our terms are up-to-date with all the latest features we are offering.”
Recent new features from the service, such as Discover Weekly playlists and Spotify Running, which matches the BPM of music to running speed, will use data to recommend tracks.