Jay-Z App Data Collection “Verges on Parody”

Jay-Z and Samsung were publicly skewered when their Jay-Z Magna Carta App required so much unnecessary data from users’ smartphones that it “verge[d] on parody.” The app demanded access to a user’s dialed phone numbers, precise GPS location, and details about the user’s other apps. This resulted in a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and forced Samsung to publicly defend the app, all of which left press asking: “If Jay-Z wants to know about my phone calls and email accounts, why doesn’t he join the National Security Agency?



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