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Spy Agencies Scour Phone Apps for Personal Data
The New York Times ^ | January 27, 2014 | JAMES GLANZ, JEFF LARSON and ANDREW W. LEHREN

Posted on 01/27/2014 9:57:07 AM PST by John W

When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spy agencies have plotted how to lurk 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.

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 users’ smartphone identification codes to where they have been that day.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: angrybirds; braking; googlemaps; nsa; nsascandals; unitedkingdom; waronterror
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1 posted on 01/27/2014 9:57:07 AM PST by John W
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To: John W

Deflection from the Old Gray Whore:

“See? See!? They’re doing it too! Look at THEM, don’t look at Our Lord And Savior, The Obama!”


2 posted on 01/27/2014 9:58:54 AM PST by Old Sarge (TINVOWOOT: There Is No Voting Our Way Out Of This)
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To: John W

we don’t need to steennkin warrants


3 posted on 01/27/2014 10:06:33 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: John W

Anyone authorizing such invasions of privacy without a search warrant needs to be charged and tried for their crimes involving thousands—if not millions—of counts of violations of people’s civil rights.

HF


4 posted on 01/27/2014 10:08:36 AM PST by holden
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To: John W

I hope they were suitably impressed at my record high score playing canfield solitaire.


5 posted on 01/27/2014 10:20:42 AM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: John W

Yawn. But - can you imagine if it were W at the head of state? or Mitt? Unleash the dogs.


6 posted on 01/27/2014 10:35:26 AM PST by epluribus_2 (he had the best mom - ever.)
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To: Old Sarge

So remember when various gummint agencies were recruiting geeks, gamers, because they thot they had great keyboard, etc. skills? I remember the Air Force being infactuated with basement-dwellers. Why would it surprise anyone that the whole bunch of super geeks would now be flying pigs and otherwise trying to wedge themselves into Alice’s rabbit hole. Let’s wait for some kind of evidence that that these stoners are actually good at anything except pin ball. Who believes that your garden variety suicide bomber spends his last days eating digital cheeze balls?


7 posted on 01/27/2014 10:36:52 AM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: John W

I am confident that the NSA will be able to track terrorists through following players of the Angry Bird app. Afterall, those birds have real anger issues, something they hold in common with terrorists world wide. So it just stands to reason that Angry Birds is popular game among terrorists. They are probably playing it down in Gitmo right now.


8 posted on 01/27/2014 10:38:02 AM PST by Nevadan
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To: John W

We live in a constitutional republic, with a benevolent government that loves and trusts its citizens. They would never collect data and use it against their enemies.

< / s >


9 posted on 01/27/2014 10:42:54 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: John W

If women have a so called “right to privacy” why don’t cell phone users?

This is ALL blatantly Unconstitutional.


10 posted on 01/27/2014 10:45:31 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: John W; All

The Boston Bombers must not have had the Angry Birds app on their phone!


11 posted on 01/27/2014 10:46:13 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red in Blue PA
This is ALL blatantly Unconstitutional.

I've had a number of FReepers tell me that since we are no longer a moral people, the Constitution doesn't apply anymore.

12 posted on 01/27/2014 10:58:19 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: John W
In their globe-spanning surveillance for terrorism suspects and other targets, the National Security Agency

....and other targets = everyone
13 posted on 01/27/2014 11:00:11 AM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: null and void

Ping.


14 posted on 01/27/2014 11:01:13 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Red in Blue PA

Neither did Major Hasan. Piss be upon him.


15 posted on 01/27/2014 11:07:10 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Red in Blue PA

So our intelligence agencies should NOT be working on ways to utilize new technologies? Not ever?


16 posted on 01/27/2014 11:09:46 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Ken H
I've had a number of FReepers tell me that since we are no longer a moral people, the Constitution doesn't apply anymore.

It's more that the Constitution was specifically created to be useful ONLY to a moral people. Evil people literally have no use for it. After all, does a thief use a crosswalk when running away with the loot?

17 posted on 01/27/2014 11:19:11 AM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: John W
Woohoo, now they have acess to my phone data, the really pertinent pieces of which are bits of data they can already access via the extensive records of the IRS.


The US Government, plotting a course around its elbow to get to its hind end since 1783 (at least).
18 posted on 01/27/2014 11:25:02 AM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: John W

Look up the CIQ app. Then look and see if is on your phone... More than likely it is.


19 posted on 01/27/2014 11:26:00 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Repeal The 17th

Indeed. My hours playing Pixel Dungeon will really be of use to them.


20 posted on 01/27/2014 11:26:24 AM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: John W

Have you cyber hugged your NSA person today?


21 posted on 01/27/2014 11:29:46 AM PST by bgill
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To: John W

22 posted on 01/27/2014 11:38:12 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: John W

Given I fill out complete B.S. on every profile, they are probably confused.


23 posted on 01/27/2014 11:48:38 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: John W

- I will not cry when blow & booze terminate the cokehead’s heart


24 posted on 01/27/2014 11:55:27 AM PST by devolve ("He's just 'too talented' to do what 'ordinary people' do." "Barry of Bungle" "Homo Electus")
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To: Ken H
The Founders didn't know there were immoral people in the country at the time they drafted the Constitution.

/sarc

25 posted on 01/27/2014 12:03:42 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Welcome to the Obama Nation.


26 posted on 01/27/2014 12:36:31 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: John W

What kind of a world do we live in where a person can’t propel attitudinally challenged, feathered, winged, two-legged, warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrates towards jocular, verdantly-tinted, non-ruminant, even-toed ungulates without having to worry about being spied on by the government?


27 posted on 01/27/2014 12:48:12 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Talisker

A smart one does - especially in New York. Jaywalking’ll get you a beat down in that city.


28 posted on 01/27/2014 12:49:57 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Ramius

So should they test the technology by spying on you?


29 posted on 01/27/2014 1:36:29 PM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: John W

My question is why? Why must they feel that they must have that level of invasion of our privacy?

There is no legitimate need for this kind of intrusion into our lives. I think it’s about time we do the same to the Government. Start data mining for everything on every Government employee including their home addresses and other personal information.

If they don’t like it, they can lead by example and stop doing it to us.


30 posted on 01/27/2014 2:08:52 PM PST by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: John W

To think that our healthcare records will be kept private is a pathetic joke.

These people will rue the day. Soon.


31 posted on 01/27/2014 2:27:32 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: John W

We need to see some major accountability from those who took an oath to defend the Constitution. Instead of them shining the spotlight on the people, it needs to be shined on them.

Too many in Congress are allowing an escalation of treasonous, seditious, anti-Constitutional activities. They need held accountable regardless of their Party and politics. The Presidency needs reigned in now and it needed reigned in before IMO. These elected officials need to represent the Constitution first, and instead they are failing us.

Words from Bob Gates about Congress: “Uncivil, incompetent in fulfilling basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micro-managerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned, often putting self (and reelection) before country — this was my view of the majority of the United States Congress.”


32 posted on 01/27/2014 2:58:32 PM PST by apoliticalone (Those that wish to weaken our national sovereignty are traitors)
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To: wastedyears

Why would they? It would be a waste of time. There’s no evidence they are, anyway. My question is whether the NSA should be stripped of its ability to conduct cyber operations. Seems that’s what most people here want.

Anything can be abused. Tanks and aircraft CAN be used to kill Americans here at home. That doesn’t mean we deny tanks and aircraft to our military.


33 posted on 01/27/2014 3:25:37 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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34 posted on 01/27/2014 3:33:47 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: John W

Time to get a windows phone. Using the logic of apple and Linux fanboys since it has 0 exploits.


35 posted on 01/27/2014 4:32:30 PM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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36 posted on 01/27/2014 5:16:19 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: John W

Just like Google.


37 posted on 01/27/2014 6:21:42 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: John W

Don’t need no stinkin cell phone. Don’t know what an app is, always knew being ignorant would come in handy some day. Trained all my life for these times.


38 posted on 01/27/2014 9:05:53 PM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: John W
Spy Agencies Scour Phone Apps for Personal Data

This is necessary. Everyone knows that when they aren't shouting in the streets or slitting throats, muslim terrorists spend their time playing Angry Birds.

39 posted on 01/27/2014 9:09:19 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Ramius
So our intelligence agencies should NOT be working on ways to utilize new technologies?

Angry Birds? Why not "Behead the Infidel". Then they could track someone likely to be a threat instead of just trawl the aether.

40 posted on 01/27/2014 10:19:48 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: devolve

I was hoping for sudden fall from helicopter. Get’s up out of seat, freak gusts wildly buffet helicopter, persons fall against door joggling opening mechanism, opening it without intending, sudden lurch a particular passenger is tossed against door while it’s opening...Landing on and squashing pantsuit like two bugs smushed would a bit much to hope for, though?


41 posted on 01/27/2014 10:28:40 PM PST by BlueDragon ( if my thoughtdreams could be seen.... they'd put my head in a guillotine but it's alright ma)
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42 posted on 01/28/2014 6:12:27 AM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: BlueDragon

- Obama has Eric Holder’s DOJ going after the producer of a movie about him - another movie about America is coming from the same people.

- Obama goes after anyone that exposes and embarrasses him.

- The young college grads will turn on Obama and the democrats - Feds profiting billions from .gov taking over college loans and universities jacking up prices - minorities skate on AA scholarships and middle class white students get ripped off tp pay for loans and obummercare.

- Hellicopter sounds excellent - esp. after “Boom-Boom” Biden turned on our Navy Seals -


43 posted on 01/28/2014 3:21:24 PM PST by devolve ("He's just 'too talented' to do what 'ordinary people' do." "Barry of Bungle" "Homo Electus")
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To: devolve
...aand on that note, a tune for any of our NSA or SS FRiends possibly tuning in over-and-out
44 posted on 01/28/2014 4:11:57 PM PST by BlueDragon ("the fans are staying away from the ballpark...in droves" Yogi Berra)
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To: Girlene; Black Agnes

lucky me i got my prison i d in advance i Pat myself


45 posted on 01/28/2014 5:41:23 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Girlene

And since the Administration has labeled the Tea Party a group of “terrorists” I guess that means members are enemies of the State.

The Almighty and Most Merciful State.


46 posted on 01/28/2014 6:27:44 PM PST by Humidston (For the first time in my adult life I FEAR my government.)
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To: Humidston

Amendment IV of the U. S. Constitution: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”


47 posted on 01/28/2014 6:28:23 PM PST by Humidston (For the first time in my adult life I FEAR my government.)
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To: Humidston

the question hinges on whether the electronic emanations from your device are ‘your effects’. evidently the nsa believe its not and regard it as free for the taking.


48 posted on 01/28/2014 10:23:27 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: JoeProBono

LOL - would make good art for the drones.


49 posted on 01/28/2014 10:24:41 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: BCR #226

I agree with this completely. We need a lot more public information about elected and appointed government officials, plus any employee or contractor who makes decisions that affect us or who has access to our private information.

What I’d really like to see is some independent group that starts a website listing information about public officials. Nearly everyone has a cell phone with a camera. They should take photos of the comings and goings of all government officials and post them on some sort of watchdog “facebook.” Just keeping a record of the date, time, and location of the comings and goings of these people would give us a treasure trove of information about what they are up to. I’d start with 0vomit and Hillary. (Is she visiting a plastic surgeon? Campaign donors? Foreign nationals? Inquiring minds want to know.)

Violating their privacy? We keep hearing the argument that if you’ve got nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about the government having access to your private information. So if that’s true, it should be true for our “masters” as well.


50 posted on 01/29/2014 4:33:26 AM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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