From PC World: Last year, Spotify asked users to share their GPS location or risk losing access to the Spotify Premium Family service. That was just a test, but now the music streaming service has made it a requirement for all Premium Family subscribers.
As CNET reports, on Sept. 5, Spotify updated the terms and conditions for its $15 per month Premium Family subscription. Under the Eligibility and Verification section it states that upon activation, Spotify will ask for a home address to be verified. However, that won't be the only time the location gets verified, with the text stating, "We may from time to time ask for re-verification of your home address in order to confirm that you are still meeting the eligibility criteria."
Spotify clearly states that the Family Plan is for a primary account holder and up to five family members who must be residing at the same address. The music streaming service knows some members are sharing their family plan with friends, and it's very keen to stop it. Location checking is certainly one way of doing that, but it doesn't come without a backlash from users and privacy advocates. After all, online privacy is a right, not a luxury.
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