Angry Birds is Not in Bed With the NSA – Rovio

Rovi Entertainment, the one behind the massively successful Angry Birds, has stated today that it does not share any data of its users with government spy agencies.

The statement came after a former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked a secret British report yesterday that indicated the US govenment to be collecting use data from mobile ad companies. The document also mentioned the Angry Birds app by name, saying that some of its data comes from the Finnish company’s app.

So far Angry Birds has been downloaded more than 1 billion times, so naturally it brings a notion of fear amongst that many consumers that their data is in the hands of the government.

Rovio “does not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agencies such as NSA or GCHQ anywhere in the world,” the company said today.

It downed the report as pure “speculation” and that if agencies such as the NSA and GCHQ were targeting advertising networks like the one used in Angry Birds, then “it would appear that no internet-enabled device that visits ad-enabled websites or uses ad-enabled applications is immune to such surveillance.”

We do not collaborate, collude or share data with spy agencies anywhere in the world.

Rovio CEO Mikael Hed further added that his company will be looking into the security of its end users and that they will have to “reevaluate working with these [ad] networks if they are being used for spying purposes.”

Source: Rovio Entertainment