Monday, August 1, 2011
Spotify Caught Using Evil Tracking Cookie...
The cookie is powered by Kissmetrics, which was also deployed by Hulu and others.
In response to the potentially horrible press, both companies have dropped the use of the cookie immediately. In other words, both were caught red-handed, and are now hoping for the best. "We take the privacy of our users incredibly seriously and are concerned by this report," a Spotify spokeswoman told Digital Music News. "As a result, we have taken immediate action in suspending our use of Kissmetrics whilst the situation is investigated."
The only problem is that most in Europe have already downloaded the application, as have early-adopting Americans. "If you do everything the average user does to say 'I don't want to be tracked,' it still tracks you," an IT professional who examined the cookie told Digital Music News. "The potential for invasion of privacy is