“With your permission, we may collect information stored on your mobile device, such as contacts, photos, or media files,” reads one section. It’s unclear why Spotify needs to collect our contacts, let alone private photos and media files, but it may do it anyway.
The company also wants to collect your location data — not only from your phone’s GPS, but also from “other forms of locating mobile devices,” such as Bluetooth. “We may also collect sensor data (e.g., data about the speed of your movements, such as whether you are running, walking, or in transit),” it adds.
Spotify may collect even more data if you integrate your Spotify account with third-party apps and services. So if you connect Spotify to your Facebook account, for example, the company may decide to collect your “likes” and social updates.
This kind of data could help the company improve the service it provides you; if you write about your favorite bands and artists on Facebook, or “like” posts from those bands and artists, then this data could help improve the recommendations that Spotify provides you with.
But I still don’t understand why the company wants our photos and other media, or data about where we’re going and how fast we’re traveling to get there.
If you’re unhappy with any of these terms, and don’t wish to agree to Spotify’s new policy, “then please don’t use the Service,” the company says.
Wired recommends that if you do plan to continue using Spotify, head into your account settings where you can opt-out of receiving Spotify new by email and SMS, and having your data shared with third parties. At least if you do this, the photos and other private data Spotify might collect won’t be passed on.