The section 'Information Stored on Your Mobile Device' says that: "With your permission, we may collect information stored on your mobile device, such as contacts, photos or media files."
In the next section, it says: "We may also collect information about your location based on, for example, your phone's GPS location or other forms of locating mobile devices (e.g Bluetooth)."
"We may also collect sensor data (e.g., data about the speed of your movements, such as whether you are running, walking or in transit.)"
It's unclear why Spotify would require access to contacts or photos, but the company specifies further down that when it supplies your information to advertisers, it hides your identity.
Forbes magazine questioned whether the launch of competitor Apple Music has caused Spotify to try and increase its revenue by collecting and selling data.
Whatever the reason, many paying subscribers to the service are reacting with anger, with some saying they plan to cancel their accounts.
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