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Report Update 9:26 MST: Apology from Spotify CEO

Today the Guardian published a report stating that the music-streaming service Spotify is facing a backlash over its new privacy policy, which gives the company the right to read personal information on users' phones, including photos, contact information and location data.


The policy says: "With your permission, we may collect information stored on your mobile device, such as contacts, photos, or media files." It adds: "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."


The new terms of service concludes by telling users: "If you don't agree with the terms of this privacy policy, then please don't use the service." As a result, some users – including Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson – have done just that. For more on this, see the Guardian's full report here.


Apple has made it a policy to respect the privacy of its users and so it's odd that Spotify, who is trying to get every government agency on the planet to investigate Apple Music, is now dumb enough to basically want to invade their customer's privacy to a point where they boldly tell their customers to agree to their new anti-privacy terms or "don't use the service." Is that belligerent enough for you?


Update 9:24 am: A new report just published by USA Today notes: Spotify CEO Daniel Ek apologized Friday for an updated privacy policy that "caused a lot of confusion" and sparked fears over what content the streaming music service can access on a user's device.


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