I’m listening to Spotify as I write this, by the way.
Spotify does have a solution for its privacy-minded users.
We think Persson has it right here. The more that Spotify, or any app knows about a user, the more that user is worth to the company. That doesn’t make permission creep right. Part of the Twitter exchange:
“We receive information about you and your activities on and off Facebook from third-party partners, such as information from a partner when we jointly offer services or from an advertiser about your experiences or interactions with them.”
Facebook is watching you, even when you are not on Facebook.
“In some cases, we partner with Third Party Services that may provide information about you. Such information could include, for example, your gender, if you have disclosed that information to that third party and made it available for Tumblr to access.”
Even if you’ve chosen to be anonymous on Tumblr (many users do), the site may know that you’re a girl, or a panda bear.
We could go on, but in summary, using a social network or app almost always requires users to give up some personal information. That can be okay or not so good, but it’s important to know what you’re sharing and how it might be used.
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