Angry Birds' Rovio angrily denies charges of NSA snooping
Rovio has said that it does not share data with intelligence agencies, as new data has emerged that both the American NSA and British GCHQ collect data from Angry Birds players. However, while Rovio might not give data to these agencies themeselves, player data still might be gathered through their games. If any data is collected, the company says, it's collected through the mobile advertising network that Rovio uses with its games, and it's done without Rovio's knowledge, according to a company press release:
The alleged surveillance may be conducted through third party advertising networks used by millions of commercial web sites and mobile applications across all industries. 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 does not allow any third party network to use or hand over personal end-user data from Rovio’s apps.
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