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

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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24 Comments

1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

#ILLUMINATI

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 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 ,

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They are lying, they're involved.

3. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 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

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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

6. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

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

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

21. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

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

8. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

10. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 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!!!!!

16. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Any excuse to bring up 9/11 right?

17. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

11. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

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

14. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 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

12. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

15. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

*Deleting......angry birds.

18. hkxm8

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Trust no one.

20. hkxm8

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

include me.

19. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

22. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

i thought rovio is a finnish co.

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