Jul 192013
 
 July 19, 2013  Business

Lisa Vaas writes:

Why does Jay-Z want to know who we’re talking to?

Because that’s the type of information demanded by an app he released earlier this month to promote and distribute his latest album over Samsung devices.

In fact, the galaxy of permissions required by this busybody little app “verges on parody,” the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said in a complaint it filed this week with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The Magna Carta App, used to promote the album, “Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail”, was launched 4 July on Samsung Galaxy Nexus devices in advance of the record release.

EPIC wants the FTC to stop Samsung from distributing the app until its privacy concerns are addressed and the app falls in line with the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights [PDF].

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