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Spies gather information on age, sex, location, political views and sexual orientation through Angry Birds app

US and UK spies harvest personal data from Angry Birds

The British surveillance agency and America’s National Security Agency (NSA) harvests data from Angry Birds to track suspected terrorists, according to leaked documents by Edward Snowden.

The latest revelation suggests data is gained from a variety of mapping, gaming and social networking applications, using techniques similar to the ones used to intercept mobile internet traffic and text message data.

Reports claim that the documents suggest data on age, sex, location, political views and sexual orientation can be collected.

The British spy agency said it would not comment on intelligence matters, but insisted that all of its activities were ‘authorised, necessary and proportionate’.

The NSA said it was not interested in data beyond ‘valid foreign intelligence targets’.

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