NSA using smart phone apps

NSA using smart phone apps

Mobile phone applications like the game Angry Birds are being used by British and US spy agencies to access users' personal data, leaked documents reveal.

According to classified documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, the governments listening post GCHQ and the US National Security Agency (NSA) are using smartphone applications to gather private details such as age, gender and location, as well as contacts and websites visited.

Some applications can even share sensitive information, such as sexual orientation, marital status and income, it was claimed.

The reports suggest data is gleaned through mapping, gaming and social networking applications, using techniques similar to those used to intercept text message data and mobile internet traffic.


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