Earlier today, pop star Beyonce and her Roc Nation hubby Jay-Z spent some family time alone (before they hit their respective stages) while stopping to get lunch at Cafe Nervosa Trattoria in Toronto, Canada with their daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
The Hov, who will be kicking off his Legends of Summer tour tonight with Justin Timberlake, was photographed doing his fatherly duties as he carried their precious 17-month-old daughter through a few camera men and fans who were lined up outside the restaurant.
Beyonce is also scheduled to perform in Chicago tonight and doesn’t play Toronto until July 21st.
Plus, Jay-Z’s Samsung app sparks FTC investigation weeks after the rap mogul inked a deal with the company to launch his new Magna Carta Holy Grail solo album.
According to reports, a privacy group called, Electronic Privacy Information Center or EPIC, is now investigating the tech giant’s usage of the phone application, while claiming Samsung did not promptly inform its users of the actions it would take upon them downloading the rapper’s app onto their devices.
EPIC had this to say (via LA Times):
“The app has generated a slew of complaints from Samsung users who are worried about the data Jay-Z’s app collects. Now, we are currently asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 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, and deprived users of meaningful choice regarding the collection of their data. The interferes with Samsung phone devices functionality, and they failed to implement reasonable data minimization procedures.”
Samsung has already responded to the complaint saying:
“Any information obtained through the application download process was purely for customer verification purposes, app functionality purposes, and for marketing communications, but only if the customer requests to receive those marketing communications,” Samsung said in a statement. “Samsung is in no way inappropriately using or selling any information obtained from users through the download process.”
The app, which was installed by more than half a million people, let Galaxy users download the album, dubbed “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” on July 4, three days before its general release date. But the app required a number of permissions users had to approve before they downloaded the music and other features, including lyric sheets. The app accessed substantial information, including data about users’ location, telephone numbers dialed, networks and other applications on the phone, according to the EPIC filing.
And since Hov’s app was released on July 4th, many angry fans, who are also Samsung users, took to Twitter to tweet about the many technical glitches that kept reoccurring with the MCHG app (via NY DailyNews):
“Enraged fans took to Twitter and Google Play to moan about the 99 problems they were having trying to get the thing to work. A source in Jay’s camp says the app got 20 million requests in the first hour alone, which crashed it. I tried poking my phone’s app far into the night without success. The next morning, I found the music, not via Samsung but through the wonders of the Web. (Thank you, illegal file sharing).”