Yesterday, The New York Times ran a story saying that “spies could be lurking in the background to snatch data” when a smartphone user opens a popular games like Angry Birds.
According to some of recently leaked British intelligence documents, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Government Communications HQ (GCHQ) are trying to exploit insecure apps to obtain information regarding your location, sexual orientation, and political alignment.
In rebuttal, the developer of Angry Birds, Rovio, has issued a statement today in which the Finnish company states that it “does not provide end user data to government surveillance agencies”.
“The alleged surveillance may be conducted through third-party advertising networks used by millions of commercial web sites and mobile applications across all industries,” says Rovio.
“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.”
Rovio lso stated that it will re-assess its relationship with advertising services to prevent user privacy from ever being compromised.
“In order to protect our end users, we will, like all other companies using third-party advertising networks, have to re-evaluate working with these networks if they are being used for spying purposes.”