Spotify's & # 39; pre-save & # 39; feature that adds songs and albums to your library the moment they are released, gives record companies access to your personal information
- Spotify allows companies to include intimate access to user data in a new function
- The & # 39; Pre-Save & # 39; function asks users for e-mail addresses and other access
- With some rights, companies can add songs to playlists and libraries
- Requests are often buried in & # 39; more information & # 39; portions to be reviewed
- There are new rules about what companies can do with that data
- Sony, Warner Music Group and Universal are among the largest collectors
Some users of the & # 39; pre-save & # 39; feature of Spotify agree with much more than they realize when adding new songs and albums to their library.
Billboard reports that record companies bury a number of intimate permissions in Spotify & # 39; s pre-save feature, which allows users to add an album to their library when it is released.
These requests include access to a user's email, listening habits, followers, stored numbers and perhaps most particularly a & # 39; read-and-write & # 39; type of privilege to add or remove library numbers and artists and create playlists on someone's account.
Spotify gives record companies access to users' personal data by burying permission requests in the & # 39; Pre-Save & # 39; function. File photo
Apart from the permission to add to a user's library, there is no clear need for companies to request access to emails or other personal information.
While all access to the account must be technically approved, Billboard points out that in order to assess the level of permission to which they grant labels, users must read a list of terms after pressing a & # 39; More Information & # 39; have printed.
As is the case with most & # 39; terms of service & # 39; agreements, many are likely to skip such literature altogether and continue saving their songs immediately.
Although gathering data is completely legal, some people can get rid of the somewhat under-the-radar collections on their accounts.
Sony is said to be the most aggressive of the record companies that use Spotify to scrape listener data, requiring 10 different rights before users save in advance.
Some companies require nearly a dozen different types of permission to allow users to pre-save an album or song & # 39 ;.
WHAT DO YOU LEARN ABOUT YOUR DATA?
A recent report describes Spotify's bid to give record companies access to their users' information.
By hiding consent requests in agreements for its & # 39; pre-save & # 39; function that allows users to add numbers from the moment they are released, Spotify is handing out a lot of user data.
Record companies are given access to e-mail addresses and listening data and can add, delete and edit personal playlists and songs.
Record companies do not receive guidelines about what they do with the data.
Other streaming services such as Apple Music offer comparable access to third parties, but do not offer any personally identifiable information.
Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group also ask for the same permissions according to Billboard.
Like other attempts to harvest user data, record labels can use listener data to target music or in some cases sell their information about listener habits to marketing and advertising agencies.
Record labels are not only in the pursuit of scraping user data: sometimes artists come into the collection, Billboard reports.
Ingrid Michaelson asks for 12 permission requests to preserve her latest album in advance, including access to account information and rights to edit a user's personal playlist.
In some cases, users are automatically signed up for artist emails without ever asking.
The previously unreported practice of collecting data and sometimes changing user experiences in Spotify seems to be under a limited company investigation. There are reportedly no rules or regulations as to what companies can do with the data they have collected in their efforts.
Apple Music, the largest competitor of Spotify, has worked to crack the dominance of the app in the streaming market does not share identifying information about its users, but allows third parties to view user libraries and listening data.
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