Smartphones offer many features to their users including the app store which allows people to download and play games. Angry Birds is a very popular application that has captivated many people and has millions of users. Playing these games actually has a potential of leaking information about you that you may not have even known that the application was able to get a hold of.
The National Security Agency, NSA, has been developing different ways to take advantage of applications that leak personal information about users. Angry Birds is one of the biggest applications where this is taking effect. The Angry Birds game has been transmitting players’ data across the Internet and information such as your age, location, sexual orientation, and gender have been released for all eyes to see.
Smartphone users are generally not aware that this information is being exposed and if given the option, they would ask that it stop. Since this information is being released, it is not impossible for the NSA to get ahold of your information. As recent issues arise and more information is leaked from Edward Snowden, the revealing of this information is bothersome to many. The documents released show that the NSA is using this data collection for their own purpose.
This may make you feel uncomfortable and you are probably heading to your phone to delete and uninstall Angry Birds right about now. The NSA is taking advantage of this leak for a number of different reasons; the biggest one, to spy on you.
Angry Birds is not the only way that the NSA is able to get ahold of your information though. Photos taken from smartphones and uploaded onto the Internet are also a major target for data collection. Even though social media sites strive to strip the photos from identifying personal data, it is available for a brief amount of time and guess what? That is right, the NSA accesses it.
When it comes down to data sharing, the type of information spread and shared across the web will depend on the information you shared. Some of the things released from smartphones include gender, age, location, marital status, and zip code. It is not impossible for your income information, number of children, education level, and sexual orientation to be shared either. Scary, huh!
So what does this mean for the average user? The average user should be concerned about the information being shared and they should avoid placing this information on their profiles unless they do not mind it being displayed. Allowing applications such as Angry Birds and Facebook photos to access your information is a big no. Keeping your information private is becoming more difficult.