Spotify fined $5.4 million for not informing customers on knowledge use

The Swedish Authority for Privateness Safety has fined Spotify 58 million kronor ($5.4 million) for not correctly informing customers on how knowledge it collected on them was getting used.

The music streaming firm mentioned it deliberate to attraction in opposition to the choice.

The Swedish Authority for Privateness Safety’s (IMY) on Tuesday mentioned that it had reviewed “how Spotify handles clients’ proper of entry to their private knowledge.”

“On account of the shortcomings recognized, IMY is imposing a positive of 58 million kronor on the corporate,” the Swedish authority mentioned.

Below the foundations of the European knowledge safety act GDPR, customers have a proper to know what knowledge an organization has about a person and the way that knowledge is getting used.

“Because the data offered by Spotify has been unclear, it has been tough for people to know how their private knowledge is processed and to verify whether or not the processing of their private knowledge is lawful,” the Swedish authority mentioned.

IMY additionally mentioned that the “shortcomings found are thought of, total, to be of low severity,” motivating the scale of the positive by Spotify’s person rely and income.

Final week, Spotify mentioned it’s in talks to make the favored podcasts Armchair Professional and Something Goes obtainable on different streaming platforms.

“We’ve experimented with windowing reveals for a number of years and located success,” the corporate mentioned final week.

“This experimentation round huge and windowing content material will proceed as we endeavor to be one of the best associate with the world’s main podcasters.”

On June 5, Spotify mentioned it’s slicing about 200 jobs, or 2% of its workforce.

In January, Spotify introduced that it was slicing 6% of its international workforce, or about 600 jobs.


(With inputs from companies)

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Up to date: 13 Jun 2023, 07:26 PM IST