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Angry Birds and other "leaky apps" gather data for the NSA

Posted: , by Alan F.

Angry Birds and other
Sure, Angry Birds seems like just a game that lets you kill some time by trying to complete progressively harder levels of pig destruction. But according to Edward Snowden, the app does more than kill time. Snowden has turned over documents that state that the NSA and Britain's GCHQ are using Angry Birds and other so-called "leaky apps" to collect personal data. This is done through the photo and location sharing and other permissions found on many apps.

Angry Bird's developer Rovio has already denied any involvement in the spying and says that it is unaware that it is taking place. The permissions and the information sharing is supposed to help improve the game and better serve the consumer by delivering ads that have some relevance to the location of the game player.

The New York Times recently reported that both spy agencies have been swapping techniques for obtaining location from apps and address books since 2007. Since then, smartphones have become more commonplace and the information available for spy agencies to remove, has grown immensely. Right now, information supposedly being taken from these apps includes age, gender, marital status and sexual orientation.

While the information gleaned from the spying doesn't seem like it could reveal an individual person's name, both the NSA and GCHQ are said to be able to put together profiles of targeted users from the little bits and pieces of information taken from these leaky apps.

The NSA, for its part, has released a statement denying that it spies on "everyday Americans" and says that its activities in this field are limited to "communications that we are authorized by law to collect for valid foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes."

source: AndroidAuthority

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posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:04 2

1. mr.techdude (Posts: 491; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


#ILLUMINATI

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:44 1

5. networkdood (Posts: 5518; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Illuminati has been around since right around the French Revolution - it is the single most biggest conspiracy the world has ever heard of, and yet, the media has done a great job, as well as our own government, in making the term CONSPIRACY THEORY, a joke, when spoken of....this is all by design. No one knows how deep this goes, but I would venture an educated guess that the world banks are involved, as you can tell just by looking at how our own 'FEDERAL RESERVE' is ran and how it was started. Starting with Rothschilds and his children that he sent to different countries to start/take over the banking needs of a government. They brought Kings to their knees, begging for money, and in return would grant favors to these people, including, granting them a royal title.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 21:34 1

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1223; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


the illuminati was also known as the freemasons previously , these people have been around since the middle ages ,the recent illuminati is a combination group featuring the top elite , basically they are conditioning people to being opressed akin to how things were like when Kings and emperors were around ,

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:09 1

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 9280; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


They are lying, they're involved.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:21

3. Killertech2099 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Everybody is involved yet they lie over and over it get's old, i highly doubt it's just angry birds, you can get anyone's data just by google maps alone. Their excuses are the made up stupidity, it's a always for the customers and sales yeah right

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:41

4. networkdood (Posts: 5518; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Pretty much this is how our gov't has been doing business for decades - the Communism/Nuclear War scare gave them an excuse to do this and 9/11 was another created and convenient excuse to spy on Americans. The app, APP OPS, shuts down any permission you choose, leaving only coarse location as the only permission given to an app. Some apps show access to a microphone - shut that one down if you have any concerns. Create a phony Facebook account and keep it as private as possible...here is mine, for example:https://www.facebook.com/networkdood1

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:45

6. __0__ (Posts: 187; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


So that's why you remove permission of apps that don't need it

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:51

7. networkdood (Posts: 5518; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


yup, this app will let you do it conveniently as most people just press the buttons to download any app and never read what permissions are being given to the app.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 02:21 1

21. __0__ (Posts: 187; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Sad to tell you that , but NSA wasn't just watching over Americans , they are watching over everybody in the world

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:59

8. seanwhat (Posts: 53; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


why do people even care if the nsa etc knows their location, age, gender, marital status and sexual orientation?

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 21:06 4

9. networkdood (Posts: 5518; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


hmmm, in most cases, probably no one should care, except that it could impair one's freedom of speech. People might start to fear speaking out against the gov't and its activities more knowing that the NSA collects data in several different ways. There are huge data centers all across the U.S. that sift through info, everyday.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 21:17 3

10. mr.techdude (Posts: 491; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Very true, networkdood, the 9/11 attack was an inside job, and witnesses that recorded the actual footage before going to the media and getting video edited, those witnesses who recorded the real attack were killed/assassinated by the government. There's proof that the building collapsed like a controlled demolition, witnesses heard bombs inside going off, not planes and how can a hollow aluminum plane go through a thick steel framed building. The 9/11 was an excuse to spy on American civilians, and to Afghanistan to steal oils and kill the innocent. FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!!!

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 22:32 1

16. seanwhat (Posts: 53; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Any excuse to bring up 9/11 right?

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 22:49

17. mr.techdude (Posts: 491; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


......Right.....

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 21:30 2

11. taz89 (Posts: 1946; Member since: 03 May 2011)


It's not about caring but more to the fact what right do they have in knowing of such details about us.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 21:38 2

14. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1223; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


people in Some countries were sent text messages fir attending rallies simultaneously , imagine if there was a civil uprising and these smartphones we carry immediately become precision trackers for special forces to purge dissidents or blackmail them with personal info

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 21:30 1

12. sprockkets (Posts: 939; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


If you can install app opps and have angry birds in your possesion, app opps will tell you if angry birds has made use of permissions like reading your address book or the camera.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 21:51 1

15. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 724; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


*Deleting......angry birds.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 23:09

18. hkxm8 (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


Trust no one.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 23:12

20. hkxm8 (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


include me.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 23:09 1

19. rusticguy (Posts: 2811; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Not justb APPS, the whole concept of CLOUD Storage is for Spying. Anything FREE is for spying for sure.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 02:22

22. dratomic (Posts: 335; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i thought rovio is a finnish co.

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