Last week Spotify announced a new set of privacy terms and conditions for its music streaming service, which to be frank, came across as positively Orwellian.
Some of the highlights included users having to agree to Spotify accessing a ton their smartphone data (photos, contacts, media, contacts GPS) and access to what they were posting on third party apps – like Facebook.
In an attempt to prevent a ton of the service’s users from cancelling their accounts – and possibly fleeing to rival platforms – Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek has issued an apology via the company’s blog.
Ek has also moved to clarify some of the policies, and apparently they aren’t as Draconian as was first perceived. Apparently Spotify will not access users’ smartphone data without their express permission and users also have the option of opting out of any data collection.
“We understand people’s concerns about their personal information and are 100 percent committed to protecting our users’ privacy and ensuring that you have control over the information you share,” wrote Ek.