Rovio Issues Statement Saying It Does Not Provide Data to NSA

Rovio Issues Statement Saying It Does Not Provide Data to NSA

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Rovio, the developer of the popular Angry Birds game, has issued a statement saying it does not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agencies such as NSA or GCHQ anywhere in the world.

There has been speculation in the media that NSA targets Angry Birds to collect end user data. The speculation is based on information from documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

The alleged surveillance may be conducted through third party advertising networks used by millions of commercial web sites and mobile applications across all industries. If advertising networks are indeed targeted, it would appear that no internet-enabled device that visits ad-enabled web sites or uses ad-enabled applications is immune to such surveillance. Rovio does not allow any third party network to use or hand over personal end-user data from Rovio’s apps.

“Our fans’ trust is the most important thing for us and we take privacy extremely seriously. We do not collaborate, collude, or share data with spy agencies anywhere in the world. As the alleged surveillance might be happening through third party advertising networks, the most important conversation to be had is how to ensure user privacy is protected while preventing the negative impact on the whole advertising industry and the countless mobile apps that rely on ad networks”, said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio Entertainment. “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.”

The statement comes after recently leaked documents revealed that the N.S.A. and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters are gathering private user data sent from smartphone apps. You can read more about that here.

Rovio Issues Statement Saying It Does Not Provide Data to NSA

Matrixmaniac - January 28, 2014 at 7:31pm
It doesn't matter if they lie or are easily misused. I deleted all apps i don't absolutely need (most!) and i won't use them any more. ... I've always tried to avoid apps involved with ads and preferred to pay, but i guess even apps that free you from ads via in-app purchase are not safe... And what do i do with iClarified now ????? It's a shame and a pain!!!
breezys - January 28, 2014 at 6:02pm
justabrake - January 28, 2014 at 3:53pm
You don't know if these company's are lying or not !
NoGoodPrick - January 28, 2014 at 3:57pm
Doesn't matter, it's never the governments business to spy, if we view whatever we want and we have our ways.