It was unclear on why Spotify would need such information in carrying out its music streaming service, but users were being forced to agree to the policy if they wanted to continue using Spotify.
"If you don't want to share this kind of information, you don't have to. We will ask for your express permission before accessing any of this data - and we will only use it for specific purposes that will allow you to customize your Spotify experience," explained Ek.
"We hope it provides a healthy dose of clarity and context too," wrote Ek in the Spotify blog post that announces the updated policy.
The preface states that Spotify will only collect data either to help run the music streaming service or to provide more features to users. For the second purpose, Spotify will be asking for the permission of the user before accessing data such as pictures, location, voice, data sharing or contacts. If the user would choose to allow Spotify to access such information, the user can at any time choose to revoke the permission.