NSA and GCHQ collecting data through popular mobile apps

Documents reveal the agencies piggybacked on collected data from “leaky” apps

Documents say the National Security Agency (NSA) and its United Kingdom counterpart GCHQ have launched a bomb bird, and Angry Birds and other phone apps that transmit private user information are the transmission vehicle.

The Guardian reports that secret documents outline a plan by which the two agencies can rely on “leaky” smartphone apps through piggybacking on the developer’s commercial data collection efforts. This allows the agencies to collect additional data using existing surveillance tools rather than hacking into individual users’ mobile phones.

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