Privacy Group Calls for FTC Investigation into Jay-Z's Samsung App
Published Jul 16, 2013Whether or not you liked the music on Jay-Z's recent Magna Carta Holy Grail, the album's distribution method via a Samsung Galaxy app has drawn much criticism for its privacy issues. Now, an advocacy group is calling for an investigation from the Federal Trade Commission.
As reported by the L.A. Times, a group called the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is calling for the FTC to make a proper investigation.
"Samsung failed to disclose material information about the privacy practices of the App, collected data unnecessary to the functioning of the Magna Carta App, deprived users of meaningful choice regarding the collection of their data, interfered with device functionality, and failed to implement reasonable data minimization procedures," EPIC said in a statement.
Samsung has already bounced back with a statement of its own, saying, "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."
Regardless of Samsung's statement, EPIC still insists that the commission place a restriction on the data that the phone company can collect, as well as delete the user data that was improperly obtained. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.