US and UK spy agencies collaborate to glean personal data from mobile apps


The apps on your smartphone may be a source of personal information that can exploited by government spy agencies, says a series of reports by The New York Times, The Guardian and ProPublica. These sources recently published documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.This group of leaked documents suggest government spy agencies have been targeting mobile apps as part of their surveillance operations since 2007. Apps singled out by the US Nation Security Agency and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters include Facebook, Yahoo’s Flickr, LinkedIn and Twitter. The two agencies have allegedly worked together to access personal data on user’s handsets such as address books, buddy lists, phone logs and geographic data.


Other apps targeted by the agencies include Google Maps and games like Angry Birds. Mapping apps and games were cited as a potential source of location data and casual profile information like age, gender and sexual orientation. Documents suggest the spy agencies routinely mine this data in the background, but details on how they intercept this information was not disclosed in the leaked documents. It is believed the agencies pick up this information using their existing mass surveillance tools, and are not pulling it directly from a phone.


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  • Anthony

    This isn’t really that big of a deal, at least not to me. I’m uploading most of this information to the INTERNET, so why would I expect it to be kept private? If I can sit at home and upload a picture to Instagram without a foreign enemy breaking into my home because our government is doing its job to keep me from being attacked, then by all means, look at my food pictures on Instagram. I’m not doing anything wrong so I have nothing to worry about.

    • Fool Hater

      That’s the attitude that fascist dictators like. So why don’t you just let the police search your house everyday for the fun of it, YOU’RE NOT DOING ANYTHING WRONG!!!! YOU SICKEN ME!!!
      I liberty surrender is a liberty NEVER again recovered.

    • someone

      According to the Office of the Federal Register in 1998, the number of laws and regulations carrying criminal penalties contained a
      total of 134,723 pages in 201 volumes that claimed 19 feet of shelf
      space. With more laws being passed daily, how many have you memorized? Do you have a law degree to interpret all of those laws correctly?

      There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime.

  • $78171484

    We’d have opposed ID cards…….