App developer Rovio, responsible for mobile gaming sensation Angry has today responded to claims that the NSA and GCHQ used programs to lift user data from popular third party smartphones apps on iOS and Android. In the documents, leaked to the New York Times by Edward Snowden, Angry Birds was singled out as one of targets, being mentioned several times in the report.
In response, Rovio has firmly denied any involvement with government organisations, however it has potentially shifted the blame onto third-party advertisers. In a statement Rovio said:
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.
Mikael Hed, Rovio CEO has stated that Rovio would re-evalute its involvement with third-party advertising networks if it was indeed true that they were being used for “spying purposes”. Angry birds was not the only app tarred with the NSA brush yesterday, with Twitter, Google Maps and Facebook also receiving shout-outs.
Via: 9to5 Mac