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Why Did Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta” App Need So Much Personal Information?

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Well, this was bound to happen eventually. The Samsung-sponsored smartphone app that was required to download Jay-Z’s new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” required its users to hand over personal imformation. A lot of personal information: “location data, social media logins, call histories,” and more, according to reports. So right now you might be thinking, invasion of privacy, right? You’re not alone. According to the L.A. Times, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, an advocacy group, is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Samsung. An intellectual property lawyer interviewed for the piece says the FTC is unlikely to follow through with the investigation, especially since, it seems, what Samsung was doing was clearly spelled out for users, who decided to give up their information anyway. To his credit, Jay-Z is not too thrilled about the data-mining, but the real lesson here is that you need to read the fine print. Those #newrules the rapper has been going on and on about on Twitter? They seem to be exploiting the fans.

—Craig Hubert

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