Spotify and third party connections

One of the reasons why you will not see me connecting my Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, (enter any other social network) with another application is because in exchange for that specific connection you may be giving away something of value.

We all know that there is a price on being part of a social network, networks provide their service in exchange for your data and the more they convince you to give your personal data the better. That’s why they encourage you often to set reminders, check in, like something, provide your DOB, city, state, and more.

Where I feel networks go beyond harvesting your personal data is when networks harvest data from my friends or family.

Today as I restarted Spotify to install the new and shiny application I was prompted to accept their Privacy Policy and their Terms of Service. Doing a quick scan on their Privacy Policy I ran into the following two paragraphs:

If you connect to the Service using credentials from a Third Party Application (as defined in the Terms and Conditions of Use) (e.g., Facebook), you authorise us to collect your authentication information, such as your username and encrypted access credentials. We may also collect other information available on or through your Third Party Application account, including, for example, your name, profile picture, country, hometown, email address, date of birth, gender, friends’ names and profile pictures, and networks.

That may not be scary for you but take a look at what else they can do with your data:

the use of cookies and other technologies;
the transfer of your information outside of the country where you live;
the collection, use, sharing, and other processing of your information, including for advertising-related purposes (as described in the rest of this Privacy Policy, so please keep on reading!); and
the public availability of your information and the controls over such information as described in Sharing information.

There you have it, short and simple. Does that mean that I will stop using Spotify? Personally I won’t stop using the service, I just won’t connect my other social networks.

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