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Date
January 30, 2014

Angry Birds Privacy Concerns

 
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Scott: Now, I am sure a lot of you have taken a break from time to time to toss some Angry Birds. You know what I am talking about. Right, Tom?

Tom: Well, Yeah! Who hasn’t heard of Angry Birds? It is one of the world’s most popular apps, but a new report shows it is more than just a game.

Apps like Angry Birds, Facebook, Twitter and Google Maps can also reveal personal data. Now secret government documents published by the New York Times reveal American and British intelligence agencies are looking into smartphone apps to get personal information and track telephone use of potential terrorist suspects.

The data reveals a user’s age, sex, location and sometimes even address books and buddy lists. Location info can sometimes be pulled from photos shared to social networks. The reports come from classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor.

Angry Birds creator Rovio said it wasn’t aware of this data being shared with spy agencies, but it is now going to take a closer look at its relationships with third-party ad networks.

Now, keep in mind that many apps do collect some information about you to send to advertisers. And some experts believe the government is tapping into that same information.

Scott: Thanks, Tom.

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