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Spotify is the most popular music app on the App Store. In July, due to their deep integration of the Facebook Tracking plug-in, millions of users were unable to launch or use Spotify because of a bug in the Facebook tracking code. We would have given Spotify a "D" due to this, but since they reduced their reliance on the Facebook plugin after this event, our rating is now a "C". Spotify still contains many popular trackers like Google Analytics, Branch, and Comscore.The Facebook bug mentioned above did not affect users who used Lockdown, according to Business Insider.
Spotify's Privacy Rating is C. We found 4 different third-party trackers in the Spotify app, and there were 43 attempted tracking connections detected during our test.
Blocked tracking attempts.
How was tracker testing done?
Tested using Lockdown v1.1.7
What was done during the test?
43 total tracking attempts in <5 minutes of signing up for a new account using email, then tapping on a few podcasts and songs.
How many tracking attempts each time the app is opened?
8 new tracking attempts each time the app is opened.
Did user give consent to tracking before tracking started?
No. New app launch from fresh install contacts Branch, Adjust, and Google Analytics (firebaselogging-pa.googleapis.com) immediately, without user consent.
Any background tracking when app isn't open?
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