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NSA Targeting Gamers Again

New documents released by Edward Snowden show that mobile apps, including mobile games are being used by the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ to collect information about their users. Some of the apps identified include Angry Birds, Google Maps, and any app that collects information. So, all of them.

Information collected includes personal data on location, email address, user names and passwords, political affiliation, and even sexual orientation. The makers of these apps aren’t working directly with the government spy agencies though. Instead they’re taking advantage of the third party exchange that takes place when an app is given permission to collect information. This information is exchanged between apps and often sold to third parties for advertising. It is in this exchange that the NSA and GCHQ are able to gather data.

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