Spy agencies in the United States and Britain Governments have collected data since 2007. Documents coming from Edward Snowden’s National Security Administration (NSA) spying revelation from last year reveal communications between the NSA and the government of Britain have been at this since 2007. They’ve been collecting data from cell phone apps, and smart phones. Spy agencies continue from both countries to collect data.
Together, these two agencies worked side by side, tapping smart phone apps, even Angry Birds, routinely. Google Maps has been targeted after someone plans a trip and notifies their friend or sends a picture from vacation. Using a mobile cell and sending photos to Facebook, this allows them to share where they are and track the individual, including friends. They can track marital status, location, sexual orientation, politics and significant info for advertisers. This latest report might put the heat on app makers for less invasive questions and information to be stored.
Apple, Google and Microsoft may in turn change some privacy regulations. It may turn out a person would have to block ads and cookies. President Obama has announced some changes in the way the US will handle the collection of intelligence. The spying will most likely continue in the mission for safety from terrorists and the like.
Privacy advocates seek freedom for Americans, which do not profile them at random and know: their whereabouts, what they purchase, what they eat, who their friends are or their sexual orientation. The NSA program can not even verify, that they do this or don’t do this (they did deny it last summer before the Senate), because it is classified and not subject to public approval or oversight.
Privacy agencies say they’ve prohibited some illegal activity, in the area of bombs, drugs, and hit squads all from smartphones intelligence. What have they got wrong? If anything? Two reports of data, collected by the spy agencies, suggest millions of “actors” potentially pose threats or are persons of interest. In the US, approximately 8,600,000 and the British approximately 24,700,000 had “actors” show up when it was analyzed, by more than a hundred computers. “Actors” are potential persons of interest.
With the smartphones and all the apps and games that are played, why would the spy agencies collect data, since 2007, from Angry Birds? The site ProPublica, reveals that, yes, they are getting phone app data. The investigative journalists report the documents do in fact reveal the spy agencies targeted the game, Angry Birds.
They’ve found out age, sex, sexual orientation, and whether a person is married or not. The company who made Angry Birds, said they knew nothing about this spying and collection of data. In a response, written by the NSA, it states they do not profile everyday American citizens, when it comes to its foreign missions. They said they have privacy protections for that innocent foreigner or a person from the United States, accidentally included. The security company, who does research for applications, says it’s more complicated than simply turning off the location switch; some apps have it built in.
If Angry Birds is spied upon, what about Bubble Witch Saga or Candy Crush? All this personal data and total usage of the internet on cell phones keeps people connected and the spies updated, to the personal data of Americans. This is what they are doing to catch the bad guys, the terrorists all over the globe. We’ve entered James Bonds’ world with telecommunications and spies.
Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor has informed the world of what was going on, at least some of it. What will be done to tighten the ship? Agencies trading secrets, soaking up buddy lists and associates with cell phone conversations, including locations. They might just know more about a person and their social connections, than the individual themself.
The Spy agencies in the United States and Britain have collected data since 2007. Are we safer for it? Do we care what they know about all of us?
By Kim Troike