updated 10:16 am EST, Tue January 28, 2014
Suggests third-party app networks may be entry point
Angry Birds developer Rovio has issued a new official statement, denying collaborating with the NSA, GCHQ, or any other government agency It emerged yesterday that the NSA and GCHQ have been using the "leaky" nature of some smartphone apps to collect data about individuals. Rovio suggests that the spy agencies may be gathering data from third-party ad networks without its consent. "If advertising networks are indeed targeted, it would appear that no internet-enabled device that visits ad-enabled web sites or uses ad-enabled applications is immune to such surveillance," the company comments.
CEO Mikael Hed says that the company will have to "re-evaluate working with these networks if they are being used for spying purposes."
Using leaked app data, the NSA is allegedly able to piece together a number of facts about a person such as their age, gender, location, and even sexual orientation. Apart from Angry Birds, apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Maps have been cited as vulnerabilities.