Angry Birds Maker Denies Sharing Info With NSA
WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – The company that makes Angry Birds says it has never shared information with the National Security Agency, reports CNet.com.
Rovio issued a statement saying it “does not share data, collaborate, or collude with any government spy agencies.”
This after reports that popular mobile apps are being used by intelligence agencies to gather user data.
Published reports say the agencies are often taking advantage of lax security around information collected by ad networks that piggyback on the apps.
App-makers will contract with media companies that embed ads into games and programs.
The code used in those ads is what builds up a database about users.
Rovio said it will re-examine its relationships with advertisers to make sure that customer data is secure.
“In order to protect our end users, we will, like all other companies using third party advertising networks, have to re-evaluate working with these networks if they are being used for spying purposes,” Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said.
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