BRITISH and American spy agencies use applications such as the game Angry Birds to gain users' personal data, it has been revealed. GCHQ, the government's listening post, and the
Some applications can even share sexual orientation, marital status and income, it was claimed.
The disclosure comes in the latest round of classified documents provided by the whistleblower
The reports suggest data is gleaned through mapping, gaming and social networking applications, using techniques similar to those used to intercept text message data and mobile internet traffic.
Most major social media websites, such as
But during the uploading process data can, briefly, be available for collection by spying agencies.
Depending on a user's profile information, the documents suggested, agencies could collect almost every useful detail, including home country, current location, age, gender, postcode, marital status, income, ethnicity, education, sexual orientation and number of children.
One NSA document from 2010, entitled
Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, said it had no involvement with GCHQ or the NSA, and that it didn't have any previous knowledge of the matter.
GCHQ said its activities were proportional and complied with
BRITISH and American spy agencies use applications such as the game Angry Birds to gain users' personal data, it has been revealed.
GCHQ, the government's listening post, and the