Angry Birds Maker Denies Knowingly Sending User Data to Spy Agencies

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vrmlbasic

Please, just admit it. You're not fooling anyone.

If Google gave us the ability to select permissions to grant to apps, instead of making it "all or nothing", we might be able to do a little something about egregious failures such as this.

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PCWolf

Google is a joke when it comes to App Security. Same goes for 99% of these so called App Developers just out to make a quick buck stealing your data. Shame there seems to be no Phone Firewalls out there. we could sure use them!

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Rebel_X

Droidwall is excellent firewall for android, adaway/adblock/adfree..etc! removes ads forever, DNS file host change, change/accept/deny permissions for the apps you want, debug apps, logcat, LuckyPatcher!! VPN and proxies.. I don't know what you are talking about? If you never heard of these then you deserve to be spied on, or not even worthy! No offense.

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fung0

Maybe he should have phrased that: "shame there are no phone firewalls... that don't require complex and risky jailbreaking procedures."

I'll definitely pick my next tablet based on the ease of jailbreaking - or pick one running a more-open OS than Android. But the average consumer isn't thinking that way. (And shouldn't have to.)

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dgrmouse

The blame really falls on Apple, Google, and Microsoft for not providing more secure operating systems. Instead of treating permissions as all-or-nothing, they ought to be emulated unless the user specifically toggles them individually - eg, if Angry Birds insists on sampling the GPS unit, then it should be fed garbage data. Unfortunately, with every OS vendor also operating application "storefronts", users' needs are no longer as important as third-party app developers'.

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TheITGuy

The way most mobile apps treat your information in the first place is atrocious. Even apps from reputable companies are storing your passwords in plain text.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

"Rovio issued a statement denying it collaborates with any spying organization."
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Irrelevant
If you build apps that leak private info, dirty birds will use that info

STOP BUILDING LEAKY APP'S MORONS

Leaky app builder are a threat to National Security!

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fung0

Very true. Except it's not just 'leaky' apps - it's apps that deliberately spy on their users, harvesting personal information for profit. Commercial software set the standard: "All your personal information are belong to us."

Companies like Microsoft, Google and Facebook - and Rovio - opened those back doors knowingly, and won't willingly close them. So it's pretty disingenuous to criticize the government for using them, or building similar ones of its own.

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Pie Eater

Our government is really messed up if they've gone to the point of spying on 5 and 6 year olds playing a child-friendly game in the name of "national security".

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big_montana

But did Rovio "Angrily" deny it?

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don2041

A little bird told me yes