Skip to comments.Spy Agencies Scour Phone Apps for Personal Data
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 players 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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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!”
we don’t need to steennkin warrants
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.
I hope they were suitably impressed at my record high score playing canfield solitaire.
Yawn. But - can you imagine if it were W at the head of state? or Mitt? Unleash the dogs.
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?
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.
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.
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If women have a so called “right to privacy” why don’t cell phone users?
This is ALL blatantly Unconstitutional.
The Boston Bombers must not have had the Angry Birds app on their phone!
I've had a number of FReepers tell me that since we are no longer a moral people, the Constitution doesn't apply anymore.
Neither did Major Hasan. Piss be upon him.
So our intelligence agencies should NOT be working on ways to utilize new technologies? Not ever?
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?
Look up the CIQ app. Then look and see if is on your phone... More than likely it is.
Indeed. My hours playing Pixel Dungeon will really be of use to them.