NSA and GCHQ using ‘Angry Birds,’ Google Maps, and more means to spy

Angry Birds Game by Rovio


It is now reported that the NSA’s and UK’s GCHQ’s surveillance actions include spying on those using Google Maps or playing a game called Angry Birds:

January 27, 2014

The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users’ private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.

The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android apps ranges from phone model and screen size to personal details such as age, gender and location. Some apps, the documents state, can share users’ most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences such as whether or not the user may be a swinger.

Many smartphone owners will be unaware of the full extent this information is being shared across the internet, and even the most sophisticated would be unlikely to realise that all of it is available for the spy agencies to collect.

Dozens of classified documents, provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden and reported in partnership with the New York Times and ProPublica, detail the NSA and GCHQ efforts to piggyback on this commercial data collection for their own purposes.  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/27/nsa-gchq-smartphone-app-angry-birds-personal-data

January 27, 2014

The NSA and its British counterpart are tapping popular smartphone apps such as Angry Birds to peek into the tremendous amounts of very personal data those bits of software collect — including age, location sex and even sexual preferences, according to new reports from the New York Times and The Guardian.

Citing confidential documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the reports detail efforts to supplement data collection from cell phone carriers and smartphones by tapping into “leaky” apps themselves…

Both spy agencies showed a particular interest in Google Maps, which is accurate to within a few yards or better in some locations and would clearly pass along data about a phone owner’s whereabouts…

More surprising is the wide range of apps that the agencies cull for data, including innocent-seeming apps such as “Angry Birds.” One document in particular from GCHQ listed what information can be extracted from which apps, citing Android apps but suggesting the same data was available from iPhone apps.

Angry Birds maker Rovio said it had no knowledge of any NSA or GCHQ programs or mechanisms for tapping into its users’ data.

“Rovio doesn’t have any previous knowledge of this matter, and have not been aware of such activity in 3rd party advertising networks,” said Saara Bergstrom, Rovio’s VP of marketing and communications. “Nor do we have any involvement with the organizations you mentioned [NSA and GCHQ].”

Mobile photo uploads appear to be a particularly rich source of information for the spy agencies as well.  http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/01/27/nsa-spying-through-angry-birds-google-maps/

Various fiction television programs and motion pictures have indicated that the government can spy on people through their telephones, webcams, outside security cameras, and distant satellites, all of which can apparently be done and have been used.  Yet, though spying through a video game on a telephone seems bizarre, this, too, has been shown in motion pictures.  Those who did not believe it was possible or true, now should realize that it is.

In my view, the USA’s National Security Agency has repeatedly violated own rules, the intent of the Constitution of the USA, and various foreign laws. It has been able to force companies to collect and transmit data that they have not wanted to do–this latest revelation will likely hurt the company behind Angry Birds as well as Google, yet neither company apparently knowingly went along with the NSA here.

By doing what it has been doing, the NSA is, according to American-companies, apparently strengthening non-USA tech companies, which in turn, will make it harder for NSA to spy as much as it wants (Rovio of Angry Birds can argue that they never could or would have done this as they are not subject to the authority of the NSA or GCHQ, unlike a firm like Google which is). Ultimately, this will help the continental Europeans and result in disaster for the USA and UK. It is also not helpful for the economy of the USA or the UK.

As I have mentioned before, even if the NSA is ordered to stop all of it, it will be too little too late. The reality is that because of the Snowden disclosures, the USA has agreed to share intelligence, espionage, and data collection techniques with the continental Europeans and foreign companies are benefiting from the fear of many being involved with American software/etc.

NSA and other government officials simply try to do as much as they feel that they ‘legally’ can, despite the protections that were written into the Constitution of the USA, such as the Bill of Rights.

Yet, there are consequences for this abuse. The consequences are starting to hurt the USA, its reputation, its economy, and its companies. Ultimately, it will be even much worse. It is not likely that USA government agencies want to give up power, and will likely attempt to make the most minor of adjustments to pretend that they are not as intrusive as they are or can be.

The so-called ‘land of the free,’ is really the land without privacy.  And the UK does not seem to be any better (with the amount of surveillance cameras on streets there, such as in London, may actually be worse than the USA, though the USA has been installing more of late).

The USA will pay for its hypocrisy according to biblical prophecies (cf. Isaiah 10:6, KJV). President Obama possibly could try to truly reverse this (the UK’s David Cameron could do something, but probably not enough), but I am not expecting much more than politically-intended statements and limited changes, despite whatever rhetoric he or his administration will state. Nor do I believe that a Republican administration will do that either (it was a Republican Administration that pushed through the poorly named Patriot Act).

Some items of possibly related interest include the following:
The Snowden Leaks are Leading to the Destruction of the USA Can what happened with the leaks of what the NSA has done help the USA to be taken over? What does the Bible teach that seems to be related to this? Here is a related YouTube video titled Are the Snowden NSA leaks leading to the destruction of the USA?
Will USA Spying Help the Beast Power? Various allegations have surfaced about the United States government spying on its own citizens as well as its supposed allies in the European Union. Whether or not all the espionage allegations are true, and the main ones have not been publicly denied by the government of the USA, the reality is that this does have prophetic ramifications and will help the Beast of Revelation. This video provides quotes from the Bible showing how this is so. The USA is placing itself in a position to be taken over and its response to the allegations will make it easier for the Europeans to do so.
India, Its Biblical Past and Future: Any Witness? The Bible discusses the origins of those of Indian heritage. This article quotes the Bible and also discusses some of the witness to India throughout history and what is happening in the 21st century (including those in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).
India and the Beast of Revelation 13 Do biblical, Catholic, and even Hindu prophecies suggest that many in India will follow, for a while, the Beast and False Prophet/Antichrist? Here is link to a related YouTube video Will People in India Worship the Beast of Revelation 13?
CCOG.IN This is a website targeted towards those of Indian heritage. It has a link to an edited Hindi translation of The Mystery of the Ages and is expected to have more non-English language materials in the future.
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe? Watch also the video Can You Prove that the Beast to Come is European?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel
Are the Americans, Canadians, English, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Saxon (non-Dutch) Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Will the Anglo-Saxon Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves?
Will the lands of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand be divided? What about Jerusalem? What does Bible prophecy teach? Are there non-biblical prophecies that support this idea? Who will divide those lands? Who will end up with the lands and the people? Here is a link to a video titled Will the USA and other Anglo-nations be Divided and Their People Made Slaves?
Protestant and Church of God views of the United States in Bible Prophecy Is the USA mentioned in Bible prophecy? Some Protestants say yes, while others say no. What does the Bible really teach? Learn the truth about this. There is also a video available: Is The United States Mentioned In Bible Prophecy?
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Why is there no Final End-Time King of the West in Bible Prophecy? Is the United States the King of the West? Here is a version in the Spanish language: ¿Quién es el Rey del Occidente? ¿Por qué no hay un Rey del Occidente en la profecía del tiempo del fin?
Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States-Second Edition for Second Obama Term This is a 160 page book for people truly interested in prophecies related to Barack Obama and the United States, including learning about many that have already been fulfilled (which the book documents in detail) and those that will be fulfilled in the future. It also has a chapter about a Republican choice. This book is available to order at www.barackobamaprophecy.com. The physical book can also be purchased at Amazon from the following link: Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States: Is Barack Obama Fulfilling Biblical, Islamic Catholic, Kenyan, and other America-Related Prophecies? What About Republican Leaders? Second Edition for Second Obama Term.
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