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NSA Trying To Collect Data From Apps Like Angry Birds

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 1/31/2014

Here's something to think about the next time you're playing "Angry Birds" on your smartphone. The National Security Agency may have its eye on you. Barbara Starr reports. Angry Birds, one of the most popular game applications, has been downloaded more than 1-billion times. But the next time you open it up, cound the NSA be tracking you? According to the New York Times, the NSA is trying to collect and store user data from apps. The paper says the classified program focuses on "so-called leaky apps that spre everything from users' smartphone identification codes to where they have been that day." "If you want to track what people do on the internet you have to move to apps, I think that's what is driving the NSA to track apps," says James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In response to the New York Times story, the NSA issued a statement, saying in part, "any implication that the NSA's foreign intellige nce collection is focused on the smartphone or social media communications of everyday Americans is not true." At the White House, more pushback. "We are not interested in the communications of people who are not valid foreign intelligence targets," says White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. The reports is based on documents said to be leaked by Edward Snowden. In one document, which could not be verified by CNN, the effort is described as a golden nugget. Information that could be collected includes: location of users, networks to which they connect, web sites visited, buddy lists and downloaded documents. "This would need really tight controls to make sure they weren't taking advantage of it," says Lewis.

   
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