“With your permission, we may collect information stored on your mobile device, such as contacts, photos, or media files.
“Depending on the type of device that you use to interact with the Service and your settings, we may also collect information about your location based on, for example, your phone’s GPS location or other forms of locating mobile devices (e.g., 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).
“You may integrate your Spotify account with Third Party Applications. If you do, we may receive similar information related to your interactions with the Service on the Third Party Application, as well as information about your publicly available activity on the Third Party Application. This includes, for example, your “Like”s and posts on Facebook.”
Twitter erupted with angry users:
Don’t worry, folks. Taylor Swift will write an open letter, and this #Spotify privacy nonsense will be cleared up by tomorrow. Right?
— Just Another Andy (@PsychTyson) August 21, 2015
— Scott Martin (@hex) August 22, 2015
— Malavika Jayaram (@MalJayaram) August 21, 2015
— Arjan (@AdV007) August 20, 2015
All this #Spotify brouhaha today reinforces my enjoyment of listening to 10 yr old playlists on my iPod Classic. It doesn’t even have wi-fi.
— Robynn McCarthy (@Swoopy) August 21, 2015
yes #Spotify all 120,327 of my photos are of dogs and/or potatoes what are you going to do about it
— darth™ (@darth) August 21, 2015
— Christian Westman (@westmaaan) August 21, 2015
Within 24 hours of the release, Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek had to clarify that the privacy settings would allow ‘individual opt-outs.’
“Let me be crystal clear here: If you don’t want to share this kind of information, you don’t have to. We will ask for your express permission before accessing any of this data – and we will only use it for specific purposes that will allow you to customize your Spotify experience.”
Ek said Spotify had heard the concerns loud and clear, and would be updating the policy to better reflect their intentions.