It crashing wasn’t the only issue that Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail Samsung app encountered. Those who actually downloaded the app will know that when acquiring the app, one is asked to give up some fairly personal information, including location data and call histories, as captured in Killer Mike’s tweet below. Those who used the app were “guaranteed” to be able to listen to MCHG three days in advance, but it still doesn’t seem to be a very fair trade-off.
L.A. Times have reported that the Electronic Privacy Information Center has taken action, and requested that the Federal Trade Commission investigate due to the fact that Samsung never “[disclosed] material information about the privacy practices of the app, collected data unnecessary to the functioning of the Magna Carta App, deprived users of meaningful choice regarding the collection of their data, interfered with device functionality, and failed to implement reasonable data minimization procedures.”
Samsung, however, has denied such claims, stating: “Any information obtained through the application download process was purely for customer verification purposes, app functionality purposes, and for marketing communications, but only if the customer requests to receive those marketing communications. Samsung is in no way inappropriately using or selling any information obtained from users through the download process.”
Moral of the story: don’t share your album through an invasive, exclusive phone app.