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Is Jay-Z’s New ‘Magna Carta’ App Gathering Info About It’s Users?

(AllHipHop News) Consumers now live in a world where companies are constantly gathering information about them from many different sources. Facebook likes, Google searches, and even the apps you download provide tells about your life.

With Jay-Z releasing his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail through a Samsung Galaxy app tomorrow questions are now rising about how much of your information will the service keep track of.

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Atlanta emcee Killer Mike made it clear he will not be one of the 1 million people to get access to the free download of Jay-Z’s new album. Mike tweeted out a photo of the app’s permissions which, if accepted, gives the product information about the purchaser’s location, network communications, and phone calls.


“Location services” and “network communications” are common permissions that allow the app to perform needed services to work properly. Location access is usually able to be turned off in the location services settings on the phone. If the app provides downloadable material, like the “Magna Carta” app, it has to be able to communicate with your device thus the “network communications” permission. But why would a music app need access to your phone calls?

According to the tech site androidcentral.com the reason could be innocent or malicious. Some apps need phone call info to be able to freeze the use of the app for incoming calls or as a piracy control, but the permission could be used to gather identifying information about the user. In some cases that info is harmless, but it could also be more personal items like online preferences and app history.

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AllHipHop.com attempted to contact representatives at Samsung for a statement about the “phone calls” permission request on the “Magna Carta” app. There was no response from Samsung at the time this article was published.

  • Tyfromthechi

    Every social media site app game app ask you that but u could turn of the gps tho

  • DJ7

    See previous thread for the comment of the day on this very subject provided by yours truly…you can send my 19.95 + applicable tax to….ah sh*t you already know

  • Homegrown Chicks

    I have a surprise for you morons, if it’s digital, it’s being monitored by the government. That means phone, text, emails, flat screen tv, and even some household appliances. Yes, they can read, hear, and watch what you’re doing. This application makes no difference!!

  • Guest

    What would an app for an album need access to anything for? Don’t be gullible. The only thing any app I’ve downloaded wanted access to was my Facebook of which I don’t use and can decline to accept, and my location of which again, I could still decline to accept.

    The access to those specifics for that album is MANDATORY.

    Only the blind will see nothing wrong with this picture.

    • DJ7

      Only the naive believe they aren’t already being watched…daily

      • Guest

        That too.

      • James Powell

        true dat

  • johnblacksad

    “they” already have everything…

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  • DollasTX

    you got FB a BANKCARD with a VISA/MC logo on it … a DL, a cell phone

    then they got YOU in they scope already – still no need to offer up EVERYTHING
    or even more

    im’ma just wait on the BOOTLEGG man to get it first

    • DJ7

      You already know fam….if you are the target..ain’t no hiding… whether or not you pony up “everything”….they already have “it”…”on file” … what they don’t know can easily be accessed thru various means…which is mearly a “training exercise” to them… for the next character who “thinks” he’s the cleaver one…let’s stop kidding ourselves… there’s no such thing as “privacy” …if wiki leaks can get it….see my 1st sentence^……I’m not blowing smoke, trying to shine or throw my hands up saying “woogie boogie nigga”…I know this b/c that used to be my job in the military yrs ago…if they had the capabilities to do such when I served…I can just imagine what it is now…

      • DollasTX

        lmao @ “woogie boogie niggah”

      • Intel?

        Who were you with?

        Semper Fi!

      • DJ7

        Signal Corps…US Army…we already chopped it up about this before…communications maintainer attached to several units throughout my term of service….I’m official fam

      • Copy that!

      • DJ7

        I put out the bat signal for you in the N thread…I guess the clouds must of covered it up…you were a no show…had a know it all white boy tryna kick knowledge…trick knowledge that is…& a cat wanting info on the H.A.A.R.P. I directed him to the S.E.S. archives…he never came back so hopefully he got the information he was seeking….as for the white cat…can’t shake that pesky MF tho..he just keep coming back…I stopped responding b.u.t. he’s persistent AF…

        Question….where is the squadron when you need them?

        Answer….in the rumor thread discussing trivial sh*t

      • What thread?

        Question: “When does the 5%, the live %, not the jive %, need help against an 85%?

      • DJ7

        Answer…NEVER….I held it down fam…
        It’s just that dude kept coming like some ol Jason Voorhees type cat..tryna style on a G after obviously gettin merked…back up wasn’t necessarily needed b.u.t. a lil overhead suppression would of sufficed

        The N word thead in the editorial section

      • >>In COD MW3 (PS3) voice:
        “Airstrike is 5 seconds out”

        >>Sends in fast movers, slow & low, laying snake & nape.

      • johnblacksad

        Careful… I wouldn’t want them to try to ‘Eric Snowden’ you!

  • atlantahiphopshop

    If I can watch you, I know they can

    • Darlene S. Esser

      just as Virginia responded I’m amazed that you able to get paid $5789 in 4 weeks on the computer. have you read this site w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

      • brotha_man

        shut the F8ck up

  • Reblogged this on City Press.

  • DesignatedH8R

    This album ain’t nothing but a bag of corporate trickery.

  • Abrasive Angel

    Just about all apps require this kind of information so why is this news because of a Jay-Z app?

    • Bifsquad3

      Just because its Jay-z u rite. Then ppl gonna start commentin all crz like sumthims wrong! lmao. EVERY APP ASK FOR THIS STUFF LIKE YOU SAID

  • KC The American Pimp

    can’t wait till this punk ass blasphemous album comes out so they media can take his nuts out they mouth, niggas know already who he been working for ain’t no surprise

  • chippc

    I swear some people think they exposing some huge elaborate scheme. Through the magic of twitter, the smart dumb nigga strikes again. Does Killa Mike understand that as he tweets, twitter is tracking his shit as well ?? Love Killer Mike, but stop it homie.

  • Mike9130

    This is very common for android apps, although since it’s not a justified action for this app I wouldn’t install it.

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  • brotha_man

    yall thought he/they were just gonna give u a free cd with no clause.smh

    • Take away the food source…and the rats will take the bait!

  • As the “sun”, moon, and stars settle for a “new dawn”, these so called leaders are looking like used pawns – IL4M

  • Reblogged this on HUEY mix wit RILEY.

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  • Taihair Djehuty

    Pretty much every app you download says that. So really, the question you need to ask is, why do any of these apps need access to that? Of course, Allhiphop was never really known for its research…..and it seems neither is Killer Mike apparently on this one

  • AK

    couldnt care for it anyway, havnt like jays shit since american gangster

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