The big podcast hosting companies have plenty of privacy policies for their customers or website visitors. But what about people listening to their podcasts?
A podcaster called David Pakman is saying (on YouTube, no less) that he’s being asked to use Omny Studio as his podcast host by his advertising agent: and he’s concerned because Omny Studio“track listeners using a tracking pixel”.
Anyone who understands how podcasts work will know that this is unlikely. A podcast is an RSS feed linking a podcast app to a piece of audio. Tracking pixels (which normally require cookies and other things) just can’t work in most podcast apps. Omny Studio have also confirmed that it “does not use tracking pixels to collect personally identifiable information about listeners.”
Privacy of podcast listeners matters: since if you want to go and listen to The Big Gay Podcast for gays and their gay friends in Saudi Arabia, as one example, you’re indicating that you may be homosexual in which case you’re breaking the law and can be put to death. So if the podcast host was to be storing your information and sending it to the Saudi Arabian government, it’s no laughing matter.