Report: NSA Taps Into Apps Like ‘Angry Birds’ To Collect Personal Data

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January 27, 2014 1:34 p.m.

The National Security Agency collects information on users from mobile applications like Angry Birds, according to new documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided to the Guardian, ProPublica and the New York Times.

“Leaky” apps send personal information, as well as location and phone data, across the Internet, which the NSA and British surveillance agency GCHQ are then able to collect, according to the documents.

The information helps the NSA gather information that suspected terrorists may use to trigger devices or plan attacks.

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