(AllHipHop News) Jay-Z made more than history with his Samsung Magna Carta Holy Grail app, he inadvertently(or knowingly, however you view it) entered himself into battle between technology and privacy. After complaints about the Magna Carta Holy Grail album spying on users, Samsung fires back by calling the complaints “baseless.”
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The U.S. civil liberties group the Electronic Privacy Information Centre pointed out how the Magna Carta Holy Grail app requested “massive amounts of personal information from users, including location data”. Samsung responded by asserting that the information collected by the app was procedural:
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 from users through the download process
That was not the only controversy surrounding the app as its promised 12 a.m. release of the album on July 4th was met with technical difficulties that left fans without the album and Jay-Z admittedly disheartened according to the music titan:
On the 24th I downloaded my app, I set it, I watched the clock count down and at 12 ‘clock I couldn’t get it. For me that’s not cool
Jay-Z has yet to comment on the privacy issues surrounding the Magna Carta Holy Grail app.