The NSA Can Spy on Us Through Angry Birds
By Alex Suskind 12 months ago
Recent disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have reminded us that our government has the ability to spy on pretty much anybody. But surely they wouldn’t attempt to extract information while we’re playing a beloved cell phone game, right? That any time I log on to Angry Birds, I won’t need to worry about the NSA snooping around and looking at my personal information? Well, turns out this assumption is wrong.
According to the New York Times, both the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ have been working together in an attempt to suck off personal data from smartphone apps like Google Maps and Facebook. The documents, provided by Snowden, show that both agencies now have the ability to take our information from apps like Angry Birds. However, there is no confirmation on whether this method has been put into practice.
“NSA does not profile everyday Americans as it carries out its foreign intelligence mission,” the agency wrote in a statement. Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, stated that it has no knowledge of these intelligence programs nor involvement with the NSA or GCHQ.
OK, so maybe they haven’t started hacking our cell phone games. However, if these agencies do, in fact, decide to start using Angry Birds as a way to find out who I am and where I’ve been, I will not be happy. Really, all I ask from our government is to let me shoot birds at thieving pigs in peace. I work all day trying to put food on the table. I just want some downtime with my iPhone and a slingshot.
Anyway, there is a whole lot more to the report on this story than just the Angry Birds disclosure, and you can head over to the New York Times for more information––then cry yourself to sleep while clutching your iPhone.