Spotify started requesting user location to prevent abuse of family plan


Spotify has previously attempted to curb abuse of its family plan but didn’t get any effective results for that. But now, the company is again trying to prevent abuse of its family plan by requesting users to share their location data occasionally. 

Spotify’s Premium Family plan costs $15 per month that allows sharing the Spotify premium access with up to six users. However, just like many other streaming services, Spotify users also share the premium plan with their friends for just for as little as $2.5 per month. That’s the type of abuse Spotify is now looking to prevent. 

Now to prevent this abuse, Spotify has made some changes in the terms and conditions of the Family Plan. As spotted by CNET, the new terms of conditions of the Spotify Family Plan say that users will be required to provide location “from time to time.”

For the Spotify Family Plan, users are allowed to share the premium subscription with other users at the same location. And so, by accessing location data of the users, Spotify seemingly hopes that it can stop non-families from using the family plan. The new policy went into effect in the United States on September 5th.

In a statement, Spotify defended this new family plan requirement and said that all location data is only used for verifying home addresses and is deleted afterwards.

“This data is encrypted and can be edited by the plan owner as needed,” the company said in a statement. “The location data that is collected during Premium Family account creation is only used by Spotify for that purpose. Once verification of a family member’s home address is completed, we do not store their location data or track their location at any time.”

As for the users, this sort of location sharing requirement is sure going to be a frustrating deal, especially when companies like Apple have put an increasing emphasis on privacy. Location information has become particularly sensitive. However, as Spotify mentioned that it will delete the location data after verification, it might not be a big deal for the Spotify users.

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