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article imageSamsung defends Jay-Z app, says they are not spying on customers

By Layne Weiss     Jul 19, 2013 in Technology
A privacy group wants Jay-Z's Samsung app to be investigated following a slew of complaints for users over the data it collects. Samsung is maintaining the "Magna Carta Holy Grail" app's intrusiveness has been greatly exaggerated.
The Electric Privacy Information Center or EPIC, a civil liberties group, has pointed out how the app asks users for a bunch of personal information including location data, AllHipHop reports. Samsung defended this as being procedural.
EPIC issued a complaint that Samsung was not forthcoming about the private practices of the app. They claim the data collected was unnecessary and ruined the users enjoyment of it.
"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 through users during the download process," Samsung said in a statement according to AllHipHop.
Samsung maintains it takes customer privacy very seriously.
Rapper Killer Mike was also disappointed with the privacy issues the app provided, HipHopDX reports.
Another issue with the app was that it was set to be released on July 4 at 12 am, but there were many technical difficulties that left fans without the album. This left Jay-Z himself admittedly disheartened.
"On the 24, I downloaded my app, I set it, I watched the clock count down and at 12 o clock I couldn't get it. For me that's not cool."
Jay-Z and Samsung teamed up to offer 1 million people Magna Carta Holy Grail for free, BBC News reports.
Cloned versions of the app were created by hackers.
Last week, Jay-Z took to Twitter to answer various questions about the new album, his music, his life, basically anything fans wanted to know. Politico media reporter Dylan Beyer asked for his response to the privacy issues surrounding the app. He has yet to comment on those issues.
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