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Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Applications, Games, Security, SmartPhones | 0 comments

Angry Birds could be spying on you

Angry Birds could be spying on you

We should suspect! Birds that kill pigs can not be defenseless birds. Even birds can be normal … birds are spies! This, at least, is what it says Jason Hong, an associate professor of Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, who interviewed 40 users of which 38 had not thought that the game was able to collect personal information from their devices.

But how is this possible? According to Hong, the major focus Spy Angry Birds would gather location data of users for eventual sale purposes. Other aspects such as gender, the computer model and some data on contacts and social networks could be in the package.

Recall that Angry Birds is one of the best-selling mobile games, if not “best selling”, in the U.S. and Europe and has more than one billion downloads worldwide. “When I’m giving a talk about this, some people take their smartphones, while I’m talking, and deleted the game,” said Hong, privacy expert mobile application. “Generally, most people are simply unaware of what is happening,” he said.

But is only Angry Birds? No. In fact, any application that can be install in with certain personal information, usually the user’s location, gender and unique identification numbers of smartphones. The most voracious seize even contact lists and pictures of photo libraries.

The loudest is that what these applications is legal in principle, if they include a section on privacy conditions us to accept the download and use of the same. For example, the creators of Angry Birds, Entertainment of Finland, disclose their information collection practices in 3358-word policy posted on its website and, although in theory there are ways to tell the company that you want your data are used, almost no one does, because almost no one reads these privacy policies.

In the end, we know we are exposed. We know that our data is available to entities that do not even imagine, only with the fact of being on Facebook. So something can change in the acceptance of Angry Birds that tell brands what city we live? In this day and age it is almost impossible to establish a “diet of contents” to keep us safe from such intrusions … of us here: How many of us have ever read the before you install an application?

Link: Caution to mobile app users: Angry Birds are watching you . (The Record)

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