Today, Spotify is backtracking, majorly. Top dog Daniel Ek took to Twitter to apologize and promise more clarification about the data collection—and he insists that everything the company does is only to improve the user experience. " "We will always ask for individual permission or clearly inform you of the ability to opt out from sharing location, photos, voice and contacts," he said in a blog post addressing the uproar.
There it is, plain and simple: if Spotify wants your stuff, they'll always ask. Why they would want your stuff in the first place, is a bigger question.
The streaming giant has publicly stated the new privacy changes were made to help "tailor improved user experience". Exactly how accessing our photo roll and contact info helps them "tailor" our music-listening experience is a question they will hopefully answer sooner, rather than later.
Brett Williams is an editorial assistant at Supercompressor. He grants no one access for anything.
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