Jay-Z free album download comes with privacy intrusion 

click to enlarge JAY Z attends JAY Z and Samsung Mobile's celebration of the Magna Carta Holy Grail album, available now through a customized app in Google Play and Samsung Apps exclusively for Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III and Note II users on July 3, 2013 in Brooklyn City. - LARRY BUSACCA/GETTY IMAGES FOR SAMSUNG
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  • JAY Z attends JAY Z and Samsung Mobile's celebration of the Magna Carta Holy Grail album, available now through a customized app in Google Play and Samsung Apps exclusively for Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III and Note II users on July 3, 2013 in Brooklyn City.

The corporate-sponsored empire created by Jay-Z and Beyonce is getting more flack, and not just from neo-Trotskyites.

Jay-Z's latest album, "Magna Carta," is sponsored by Samsung. The tech company was giving away copies of the record to the first 1 million downloaders of an app to promote its Galaxy smartphone.

But the small print attached rivals the data-mining intrusion of the NSA, according to some users. The app, according to Billboard, asks for the user's GPS location, requests permission to "modify or delete contents of your USB storage," "prevents the phone from sleeping," and requests "full network communication access" and the ability to read "phone status and identity."

Younger users are less wary of signing over their entire online identity, but older users and those who are more versed in privacy laws are crying foul. Rapper Killer Mike, aka Michael Render, is one of them.

"Naw I'm cool" was what he tweeted after seeing the agreement he would need to OK before getting access to Jay-Z's music.

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