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The new Spotify privacy policy is very intrusive

Spotify can now also access your phonebook and photos on your smartphone. The protests are not lacking and the responses of CEO Daniel Ek are unconvincing

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The new privacy policy of Spotify allows the app to collect information stored on the mobile device, such as contacts, photos or multimedia files. Depending on the device we can also collect location data with GPS or other available location forms.

All this only and exclusively with the consent of the user to whom two possibilities are given: o accept the new conditions or give up using the service. And, having chosen the first hypothesis, the user will only be able to avoid sharing his information with third parties (a setting that remains accessible in the user profile).

Despite this, the list of accesses appears proportionate, considering that Spotify (like other web-oriented services) already has an impressive amount of data taken directly from users' smartphones, including the operating system version, IP address, connection means (Wi-Fi, 3G or LTE) and credit card number of those who subscribe.

Now Spotify becomes even more morbid, to improve the service offered, but risking to succumb under the principle of sharing at all costs that eventual legitimate need to listen to music in peace, sheltered from external noise and confusion, a task that still animates the strings of musicians today and not necessarily things have to be sacrificed on the altar of social sharing. And for this reason that, as CEO Daniel Ek assures with a special post on the official blog, Spotify will ask for authorization whenever it wants to access user data; also in this case it can be objected that the obsessive-compulsive curiosity is even worse than the mere thirst for information.

The exchange of views between the CEO of Spotify and Markus Persson, one of Minecraft's putative fathers, indicative of the mood of the users.

Spotify does well to want to provide users with a service that knows how to read the tastes of the moment, that knows how to suggest the playlist best suited to the mood and the environment in which they are located. Personalization and privacy are not synonymous nor contrary and, in any case, they do not even have a single point in common.

A tendency to which, perhaps, we must inevitably subject ourselves: free services do not exist; or we pay them in cash or in personal information. And, even in this case, Spotify is likely to take a blunder because it reserves the same treatment also to the paying public.

Incursions into privacy constitute a real market and, as such, must be fathomed. Better to have applications among the pioneers and services that have clones, so that users can choose to migrate towards other shores.


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