Rovio denies sharing Angry Birds user data with NSA, GCHQ

Erik Johnson
Rovio denies sharing Angry Birds user data with NSA, GCHQ

Rovio has denied the report that its popular mobile franchise Angry Birds was utilized as a tool by government spy agencies, including the US National Security Agency and UK's Government Communications Headquarters.

Responding to allegations found in a leaked Snowden document, the Finland-based company claimed it doesn't share data from its app users – describing the report as “speculation.”

“[Rovio] does not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agencies such as NSA or GCHQ anywhere in the world," the company stated in a release posted on its website.

Rovio would not confirm allegations that its app may have failed to protect user data, though noted that if agencies such as the NSA and GCHQ were targeting advertising networks such as the one used in Angry Birds:

"[Then] it would appear that no internet-enabled device that visits ad-enabled web sites or uses ad-enabled applications is immune to such surveillance."

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Tags: government , angry birds , rovio , gchq , MCV USA , spying , nsa

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