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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.

Should Rovio make changes to prevent the collection of user data? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Rovio

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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iSRS says:

"Should Rovio make changes to prevent the collection of user data?"
Simple answer: Yes.

Long answer: I hate the "if someone we partner with is doing this, it is beyond our control/knowledge/etc." response. Am I downloading an app from the vendors you choose to provide your ads? No. Do I have a choice in which partner ads are displayed in your games? Aside from deleting your apps, and never again downloading another of your apps? No. So, Rovio, it is YOUR responsibility to protect my information. If I place my trust in you, and you do not take care of it? It is YOU who deserves the blame, not some faceless third party that YOU chose.

Sorry, rant over. Passing the buck is my #1 pet peeve.

Becjr says:

Rant on, sir! You took the words out of my mouth... Except for these:
I FRIKKIN' HATE ADS!! DON'T AD ME BRO!! I PLAY A GAME TO HELP ESCAPE BEING HASSLED AND HARASSED BY PEOPLE WANTING TO GET INTO MY LIFE WITH THEIR FILTH-FLARN ANNOYING ADS!!

...I feel better now, for now.
xD

iSRS says:

HA! I almost went there. I would rather pay a few bucks for no ads. Sadly, the days of having a choice to pay to remove ads seems to be over. Then again, maybe this type of story will help kill it.

I went to their Facebook page and shared my views, provided a solution (how about temporarily disabling ads until they can get to the bottom of it). Wonder if it will get a response or get deleted.

dawgs0120 says:

I recently noticed after the month of December that I have used 6 gigs of data on my iPhone, which I average between 2-3. I looked at my cellular usage and the app had consumed 3.7 gigs! Now how in the world can a game that was only played twice consume that much data. I also always make sure that apps and games are closed on my phone. SHAME ON YOU ROVIO!! I will never download another ROVIO game again. Anyone one else have anything similar?

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zdn1042 says:

Funny how something as unsuspecting as this game can be used for such purposes.

asuperstarr says:

NSA is collecting data from all apps. You just don't know what to believe these days.

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