Executives at technology giant Samsung have hit back at allegations the company's free app to promote Jay Z's latest album invaded customers' privacy.
The rapper teamed up with the electronics firm for the release of his new record Magna Carta Holy Grail, with one million Samsung cell phone customers given access to the album for free.
Jay Z fans had to download the Jay Z Magna Carta Holy Grail app to listen to the record four days ahead of its official release on 8 July (13), but the scheme drew criticism from officials at U.S. civil liberties group the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (Epic).
The group claims the app collected "massive amounts of personal information from users, including location data" and featured "hidden spam techniques" to promote the add-on to other cell phone users.
Now a spokesperson for Samsung has hit back at the claims, insisting customers' privacy is a top priority for the company.
The statement reads, "We are aware of the complaint... and believe it is baseless. Samsung takes customer privacy and the protection of personal information very seriously.
"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 is in no way inappropriately using or selling any information obtained from users through the download process."