Never Ask Users To Do Something You Wouldn't Do Yourself

thedailywhat: You Saw This Coming of the Day: Jay-Z’s New Album App Raises Privacy Concerns Yesterday, Jay-Z released his twelfth studio album Magna Carta Holy Grail exclusively to the first 1 million downloaders of a $5 mobile app available on Samsung’s Galaxy phones. However, the app’s terms of service have not been been sitting well with fans. On Tuesday, rapper Killer Mike tweeted a screenshot (shown above) of the app’s permissions, which shows a long list of requests to access the downloader’s GPS location and to keep the phone from going into sleep mode. Is a free Jay-Z record worth handing over your phone’s intimate details? This is bad practice. You should never ask your users to do something you wouldn’t do yourself. The spam tweets and Facebook posts are a bit much… But he’s jay-z so enough people opted in anyway and Samsung got exactly what they wanted. Doesn’t make it right, but they knew what they have the clout to get away with. And they did since the record will go platinum from day one.

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You Saw This Coming of the Day: Jay-Z’s New Album App Raises Privacy Concerns

Yesterday, Jay-Z released his twelfth studio album Magna Carta Holy Grail exclusively to the first 1 million downloaders of a $5 mobile app available on Samsung’s Galaxy phones. However, the app’s terms of service have not been been sitting well with fans. On Tuesday, rapper Killer Mike tweeted a screenshot (shown above) of the app’s permissions, which shows a long list of requests to access the downloader’s GPS location and to keep the phone from going into sleep mode. Is a free Jay-Z record worth handing over your phone’s intimate details?

This is bad practice. You should never ask your users to do something you wouldn’t do yourself. The spam tweets and Facebook posts are a bit much…

But he’s jay-z so enough people opted in anyway and Samsung got exactly what they wanted. Doesn’t make it right, but they knew what they have the clout to get away with. And they did since the record will go platinum from day one.