Members of House of Representatives Banned From Using Spotify

Members of House of Representatives Banned From Using Spotify

Who doesn't enjoy listening to music on Spotify? The House of Representatives, that's who. But that isn't because they object to the file-sharing site. Instead, thanks to an older ban stemming from the Napster era on P2P technology, the service is actually banned among its members. "To help protect House data, our IT policy generally prohibits the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies while operating within the secure network," a spokesman for the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) confessed to Politico. "While Spotify is currently not authorized, the CAO has and will continue to work with outside vendors to enable the popular services that improve member communication capabilities."

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Spotify responded to the story saying:

 "It is a sad day when a few bureaucrats can block our nation's leadership from enjoying free, secure access to over 20 million songs. Music is a common language that all political parties speak and should be used to bring the legislators of this great country together so they can solve the serious issues facing our nation. We truly hope the House of Representatives will see the error of their ways and stop blocking Spotify so that all of America can benefit from their collective joy of music."

While it does sound crazy, the logic makes sense, right? 

[via The Verge]

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