‘Angry Birds’ Used for NSA and British Spying Efforts, Documents Say

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Even when you’re slinging angry birds across the screen of your smartphone, the National Security Agency may be tracking your information, Monday reports said.


A report Monday says the NSA and a British agency are capable of tracking user data from smartphone apps such as “Angry Birds.” (Credit: Bloomberg/LA Times)

The New York Times, the Guardian and Pro Publica have revealed documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that say the government agency and Britain’s Government Communications used data from numerous smartphone apps to track users’ locations, age, sex and other personal information.

This initiative is referred to as “the mobile surge” in some of the documents. The surveillance tapped apps of popular services like Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn and Twitter for user information such as address books, buddy lists and phone logs. The reports say Google Maps was of particular interest to the agencies because of all the geo-location data users put into it.

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