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NSA uses insecure mobile apps to view and collect user information

The NSA is yet again accused of another rather shady surveillance practice to learn about user actions.

Published Mon, Jan 27 2014 3:30 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The National Security Agency (NSA) and British spies use popular mobile games such as Angry Birds to covertly collect information on player location, age, sex and additional personal details, recent documents indicate.

NSA uses insecure mobile apps to view and collect user information | TweakTown.com

The NSA and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHW) also accessed address books, phone logs, and embedded geographic information during their joint efforts.

As more personal information is posted and shared online, with users accessing the Internet from PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and a variety of other devices - this is a significant problem that will plague users in the future - because the NSA and other spy agencies aren't going to suddenly stop their invasive activities.

Following months of continued public backlash, President Obama said NSA reform will take place, though critics still don't believe it's enough.

NEWS SOURCE:nytimes.com

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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