CEO Daniel Ek last month apologized for a previous update that was vague and caused concern that the music service was collecting data it did not need. Ek admitted that Spotify “should have done a better job in communicating … how any information you choose to share will—and will not—be used.”
At issue was a policy update intended to make Spotify “as open and transparent as possible.” But some of the updates prompted concern, specifically that the service may ask permission to collect information from new sources—like the user’s address book, location, and mobile sensor data, among others.
The news resulted in a Twitter battle between Ek and Minecraft creator Markus Persson, who announced the cancellation of his Spotify subscription over the changes. It also prompted Ek to update the new policy once more.
That update rolled out this week, with the added benefit of a plain-language introduction, “intended to be a clear statement of our approach and principles about privacy,” Ek wrote in a blog post. “We hope it provides a healthy dose of clarity and context too.”
As the preface states, Spotify collects data to either run the service, or provide additional features. In the case of the second category, Spotify promises to ask your permission before using photos, location, voice, contacts, or data sharing. If you opt in but later decide against it, simply revoke permissions at any time.
“Yes, we still need to provide greater detail in the body of the policy, but those details are, and will always be, in keeping with the fundamental privacy policies we outline in the introduction,” he said.
The new policy will reach users over the coming weeks.