Spotify granted patent to use mic to infer emotional state, age, gender, and accent

Spotify granted patent to use mic to infer emotional state, age, gender, and accent

Spotify has been granted a patent on using your phone’s microphone to analyze the sounds around you for the purpose of giving song recommendations.It’s hard to tell when exactly Spotify might start trying to utilize your phone’s microphone for more than just receiving voice commands.

300,000 Spotify accounts hacked

300,000 Spotify accounts hacked

Spotify officials suggested that after the hack, users change their passwords and not use the same passwords on other platforms.“Working with Spotify, we confirmed that the database belonged to a group or individual using it to defraud Spotify and its users.

How to unblock Spotify

How to unblock Spotify

If you can’t find the Spotify app available for download from your locally available app store, you can still access the full Google Play App Store by changing your country settings in your phone preferences.

When You Listen, They Watch: Pre-Saving Albums Can Allow Labels to Track Users on Spotify

When You Listen, They Watch: Pre-Saving Albums Can Allow Labels to Track Users on Spotify

To pre-save music, which adds a release to a user’s library as soon as it comes out, Spotify users click through and approve permissions that give the label far more account access than the streaming giant normally grants them -- enough to track what they listen to, change what artists they follow and potentially even control their music streaming remotely.

Swedish data-protection authority launches Spotify GDPR investigation

Swedish data-protection authority launches Spotify GDPR investigation

There may be trouble brewing for Spotify in its home country, with the Swedish data-protection authority (Datainspektionen) launching a review of how Spotify handles requests for people to see what information it holds about them.

Big Mood Machine

Big Mood Machine

“It’s a strategic evolution of the Spotify ads business.” As of May 1, 2015, advertisers would be able to target ads to users of the free ad-supported service based on activities and moods: “Mood categories like happy, chill, and sad will let a brand like Coca-Cola play on its ‘Open Happiness’ campaign when people are listening to mood-boosting music,” the Ad Age article explained.

Facial recognition: Amazon is honing the technology with the help of police and government.

Facial recognition: Amazon is honing the technology with the help of police and government.

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Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

reply gowld 16 hours ago Pandora and Google Play Music (and maybe Spotify too I don't know) put ads in the audio stream (and video, if you are looking at the app screen while listening to music for some reason).

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

The company disclosed in March 2018 while preparing for its initial public offering that it discovered two million users, or about 1.3 percent of its total user base at the time, had been using ad blockers on the free version of Spotify, enough to force it to restate usage metrics.

Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Service

Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Service

The new Terms of Service, which go into effect on March 1st, will give Spotify the authority to terminate accounts immediately, without warning.

Facebook tries to explain why companies could erase your messages

Facebook tries to explain why companies could erase your messages

The blog post — the second since The New York Times reported Tuesday that Facebook for many years gave more than 150 companies extensive access to personal data — focused narrowly on the contention in the Times report that emerged as the most controversial: that Facebook gave four companies access to read, write and delete users' messages.

Facebook defends allowing third parties access to user messages

Facebook defends allowing third parties access to user messages

In the new post, Archibong specifically argues that Facebook never allowed its partners to access private Facebook messages without a user’s permission.

Facts About Facebook’s Messaging Partnerships

Facts About Facebook’s Messaging Partnerships

We worked closely with four partners to integrate messaging capabilities into their products so people could message their Facebook friends — but only if they chose to use Facebook Login.

Spotify's Year-End Ads Highlight the Weird and Wonderful

Spotify's Year-End Ads Highlight the Weird and Wonderful

And at a time when data privacy has become top of mind, Spotify is encouraging people to go public; its “Overshared” initiative will prominently display the year-end stats of select users who voluntarily submit them.

Spotify creeps on your music and moods to target ads

Spotify creeps on your music and moods to target ads

It is a known factor that one’s music listening habits say a lot about one’s personality, and that’s the idea Spotify has been using to bank on its data analytics to help marketers target consumers with advertisements over the years, according to The Guardian.