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Privacy Group Wants FTC to Investigate Jay-Z Samsung Album App

Too much data collection, they say


Now he's got 100 problems. Rapper Jay-Z was widely praised for his business savvy after he announced a plan to give away 1 million copies of his new album to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users through a special app.

But that app has generated a slew of complaints from users,and even a fellow rapper, worried about data it collects.

Now the Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, an advocacy group, is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate.

"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," the group said in the complaint.