Privacy Group Calls FTC to Investigate Samsung’s Jay-Z App

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a privacy rights group, is calling the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Samsung the publisher of the app that supports Jay-Z’s new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail.” According to EPIC, Samsung is violating consumer privacy through its data collection practices.

As The New York Times pointed out, the app requires users to give it permission to access the identity of the phone owner and the email addresses and social media accounts associated with the phone. The app then tweets on behalf of users in exchange for free downloads of the new album. EPIC has asked the FTC to make Samsung pull the app until the privacy problems are worked out. Here is an excerpt from the statement that EPIC released:

The Magna Carta App collects massive amounts of personal information from users, including location data and data pulled from other accounts and other apps on the users phones. The Magna Carta app also includes hidden spam techniques that force users to promote the album. 

While fans gave over personal details to Samsung in exchange for a free download, many had issues trying to download the album. “For me, that’s not cool. That’s a loss. That has to get better,” Jay-Z told Power 105.1.