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U.S., British spy agencies exploit ‘leaky’ apps for intel: report

28
Jan
2014

U.S. and British intelligence agencies have plotted ways to gather data from Angry Birds and other smartphone apps that leak users personal information onto global networks, the New York Times reported on Monday. It was citing previously undisclosed intelligence documents made available by fugitive American spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. The Times said the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters, had tried to exploit increasing volumes of personal data that spill onto networks from new generations of mobile phone technology. Among these new intelligence tools were leaky apps on smartphones that could disclose users locations, age, gender and other personal information.

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