Should Jay-Z And Lady Gaga Fans Be Wary Of Downloading Album Apps?

Well it seems Jay-Z may have to add another problem to his other 99 after his controversial app in association with Samsung, which saw the rapper give away a million copies of his number one album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail,’ has come under fire from privacy pressure groups after fans complained of concerns over the data it gathers.

Just last week, Lady Gaga announced a similar proposal which would see her Little Monsters being given the opportunity to interact with their ‘Mother Monster’ via their mobile in conjunction with the release of her upcoming fourth studio album ‘ARTPOP’ this November.


Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP album is set to be released via a simlar mobile app to Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ (WENN)

However, last week the 1.2 million Jay-Z fans that installed the app were required to provide various pieces of personal information to be able to download the music and additional features including artwork and lyric sheets.

Fans firstly had to sign in to the app via either their Facebook or Twitter pages and enter their age before entering the applications features and users were reportedly forced to allow the app to post messages on social media sites under the identity of the user.

The app was reportedly to be able to access information regarding users location, dialled telephone numbers, networks and other phone apps prompting the pressure group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) to request an investigation be carried forward by the Federal Trade Commission or FTC.

Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ app comes under fire from privacy group EPIC (WENN)

In a statement from EPIC the group have argued: “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 minimisation procedures.”

While Samsung have since responded insisting all information required for the app was “purely for customer verification purposes, app functionality purposes, and for marketing communications, but only if the customer requests to receive those marketing communications”.

The company strictly denied any foul play was involved with the ‘Magna Carta’ app.

So to recap Epic are claiming that in order to access Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ app users were asked to:

1. Provide their current location

2. Allow Samsung to access all telephones dialled

3. Other applications on phone

4. Information about networks

5. Access to users Facebook and Twitter including approval to post messages on other social media via the users account

But now it seems other major artists are following suit using mobile technology to launch their new albums.

Lady Gaga’s promised to “bring the music industry into a new age” with her upcoming ARTPOP app released through the star’s HAUS OF GAGA and will presumably follow similar requirements to be made accessible for fans when it’s launched on November 11.