N.S.A. and the British agency routinely obtain information from certain apps
Ashie S Hirji stashed this in Data
This story confirms my point that we truly never ever had end point digital protection, privacy or safety rights. May be I have hope that one day my fight for end point side of things will be heard by a few technologists, as we are now dealing with a human rights issue mainly for the innocent humanity. Well for a bit of laugh ... catch some interesting comments made me laugh about the Angry Bird and the Swinger bit.
"When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spies could be lurking in the background to snatch data revealing the player’s location, age, sex and other personal information, according to secret British intelligence documents.
In their globe-spanning surveillance for terrorism suspects and other targets, the National Security Agency and its British counterpart have been trying to exploit a basic byproduct of modern telecommunications: With each new generation of mobile phone technology, ever greater amounts of personal data pour onto networks where spies can pick it up.
NSA and its British equivalent collect personal data from "leaky" smartphone apps, NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden detail efforts spanning back to 2007 to gather information from the use of several different kinds of apps, including Google Maps and various social networks.
According to dozens of previously undisclosed classified documents, among the most valuable of those unintended intelligence tools are so-called leaky apps that spew everything from the smartphone identification codes of users to where they have been that day." @New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/28/world/spy-agencies-scour-phone-apps-for-personal-data.html
In an online Q&A last week, Snowden said that "not all spying is bad" and stated that the NSA’s bulk data collection is unnecessary and doing more harm than good.
“When we’re sophisticated enough to be able to break into any device in the world we want to (up to and including Angela Merkel’s phone, if reports are to be believed), there’s no excuse to wasting our time collecting the call records of grandmothers in Missouri,” Snowden wrote on the website FreeSnowden.is, in response to questions he took via Twitter.
In response, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters during his daily press briefing that "terrorists, proliferators, other bad actors, use the same communications tools that others use."
"This story confirms my point that we truly never ever had end point digital protection, privacy or safety rights."
That's right. We never had it. There is no privacy on the Internet.