Newly appointed Pocket Casts CEO Owen Grover has published a blog post addressing concerns regarding concerns surrounding the podcast company’s takeover last week by NPR and a public radio group.
Firstly, Grover shut down suggestions that the app would become a platform to harvest user data, pledging that the company would only collect the minimum required to provide Pocket Casts services.
Specifically, Grover said the company isn’t looking to collect user’s location data. “We don’t need your location data. We don’t want your location data,” he wrote. “We won’t be collecting or storing your location data. Where you go day to day is none of our business…I have no idea why people even think we’d do that.”
As well, he stressed that the company “is not in the ad sales business,” it is “in the building great products that people love business” and there is “no intention of changing that.”
Finally, he stated that Pocket Cast content will not be skewed in favour of the company’s new owners, promising to “continue to accept podcasts on every topic under the sun.”