In a new letter addressed to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, the coalition outlines five primary concerns with the technology. It worries it will allow Spotify or any other company that deploys it to manipulate users emotionally, harvest their personal information and discriminate against trans and non-binary people. It also says the technology will only serve to further worsen economic inequalities in the music industry. “Music should be made for human connection, not to please a profit-maximizing algorithm,” the group says. Access Now asks Spotify to publicly respond to its request by May 18th, 2021.
When we asked Spotify to comment on Access Now’s request, the company pointed Engadget to a letter it sent to the organization in mid-April. “Spotify has never implemented the technology described in the patent in any of our products and we have no plans to do so,” Horacio Gutierrez, Spotify’s head of global affairs, says in the letter. “The decision to patent an invention does not always reflect the company’s intent to implement the invention in a product, but is instead influenced by a number of other considerations, including our responsibilities to our users and to society at large.”
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