ZDNet reports on privacy questions with music service Spotify and its integration with social-networking site Facebook:
Spotify has not had the greatest start, as part of its flagship music service to Facebook.Â Users of Spotifyâ€™s service, without warning, started seeing their music playlists and history shared to Facebook. Users had to opt-out of the service by manually disabling the feature. Many users complained about the Facebook integration, and the company has since climbed down.
Spotifyâ€™s CEO Daniel Ek said that the new privacy feature willÂ act like a â€œbrowserâ€™s private modeâ€. Users can update to the latest Spotify client to â€œhide their guilty pleasuresâ€, the CEO said, which will temporarily allow private listening. […]
As part of the new changes to Facebookâ€™s profile, mostlyÂ through the â€˜Timelineâ€™ to be rolled out over the coming weeks, usersâ€™ activities are automatically noted in the news feed â€˜tickerâ€™ â€” such as music you are listening to, or articles that you are reading. […]
Though Facebook claims it has worked with a number of privacy groups to ensure that the new Timeline and â€˜frictionless sharingâ€™ is as user privacy sensitive as possible, it did not prevent a coalition of the U.S.â€™ most prominent privacy groupsÂ filing a letter with federal regulators, complaining that Facebookâ€™s new features â€œviolate privacy standardsâ€.
This comes only days after Facebook at first denied, and then acknowledged that itÂ had fixed a â€œtracking cookieâ€, discovered first by an Australian hacker, which could track logged-out users across the web.