Spotify Urged To Abandon Speech Patent Over Privacy Issues

By Allison Grande (May 5, 2021, 10:29 PM EDT) -- More than 180 musicians and human rights organizations are pressing Spotify to publicly disavow a speech recognition patent, saying it raises many privacy and inequality concerns and that the music streaming provider's assertion that it has "no plans" to implement this technology isn't enough.

Digital rights advocacy group Access Now first brought attention to the speech recognition patent last month, when it fired off a letter to Spotify expressing concerns with the potential for the company to use the technology to pick up on users' emotional state and other personal demographic data. Spotify responded that it "has never implemented the technology...

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