Is Jay-Z’s Samsung Release Of Magna Carta Holy Grail Really A Data Mining App?
Everyone is excited about the release of Jay-Z’s latest album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” which Jay-Z is releasing exclusively today to owners of certain Samsung smartphones.
The nature of the release, however, has many people concerned, as there are rumors of the album, which is being released as an Android app, is really a data mining program.
Atlanta rapper Killer Mike posted a screenshot of the user agreement for the app, showcasing users have to allow the app to access not only their storage, location and system tools, but also must allow the app to access their network communications and phone call history.
The screenshot shows the app will have “Full network access” and “read phone status and identity.”
Is this part of any sort of program similar to the NSA’s PRISM program? As of now, Samsung has yet to comment on the issue.
Samsung announced it was giving away one million digital copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail today, July 4th, granting the album unprecedented platinum status the instant it was released.
For the rest of us without the Samsung phones, we’ll have to wait a few days to purchase Magna Carta Holy Grail. At least, however, we won’t give the album access to our phone records.
Some way to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of a “free nation,” eh?