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NSA tracks you with smartphone apps

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Posted: Jan 27, 2014 7:37 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Jan 27, 2014 7:37 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: NSA, Edward Snowden, smartphone apps, The New York Times, Guardian, ProPublica

LONDON- Documents suggest spy agencies have a powerful ally in the apps installed on smartphones around the world.

Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden say the mapping, gaming and social networking apps can feed the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain' s GCHQ spy agency with huge amounts of personal data.

The documents were published by the New York Times, the Guardian and ProPublica.

All three publications outlined how data could be gleaned from apps such as the Angry Birds game or Google's mapping service.

The NSA maintains it focused on "valid foreign intelligence targets" and GCHQ did not provide comment.

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