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Old 01-28-2014, 10:36 AM
 
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The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.

The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android apps ranges from phone model and screen size to personal details such as age, gender and location. Some apps, the documents state, can share users' most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences such as whether
or not the user may be a swinger.

Many smartphone owners will be unaware of the full extent this information is being shared across the internet, and even the most sophisticated would be unlikely to realise that all of it is available for the spy agencies to collect.
Angry Birds and 'leaky' phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data | World news | theguardian.com

May the 4th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America rest in peace.

Sadly, many of you could care less.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:45 AM
 
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Angry Birds and 'leaky' phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data | World news | theguardian.com

May the 4th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America rest in peace.

Sadly, many of you could care less.
Here's an American who still values the 4th Amendment!

Great topic.


It won't be long before that information is used for blackmail, business advantages, etc.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:49 AM
 
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Here's an American who still values the 4th Amendment!

Great topic.


It won't be long before that information is used for blackmail, business advantages, etc.
Absolutely. It's called "incrementalism" and the United States Government has a monopoly on the concept.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Angry Birds and 'leaky' phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data | World news | theguardian.com

May the 4th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America rest in peace.

Sadly, many of you could care less.
Just wait until an Obamacare IRS enters into data sharing agreements with other government agencies (federal, state and local) and private business collectors of data in order to pend information to your healthcare record. That's what the IRS does. They acquire databases and do data matching programs. Need that liver transplant? Let's see what motor vehicle has on your DUIs and the supermarket where you shop has on their card for your purchases.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:00 AM
 
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I always check apps before buying. Some of them are just awful with this stuff. The government is just now getting on board with what businesses have been doing for years.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:06 AM
 
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Just wait until an Obamacare IRS enters into data sharing agreements with other government agencies (federal, state and local) and private business collectors of data in order to pend information to your healthcare record. That's what the IRS does. They acquire databases and do data matching programs. Need that liver transplant? Let's see what motor vehicle has on your DUIs and the supermarket where you shop has on their card for your purchases.
Absolutely. Information sharing is becoming a core competency in the Federal Government. The end goal being that a person will never be able to escape the watchful eye of the government.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:07 AM
 
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I always check apps before buying. Some of them are just awful with this stuff. The government is just now getting on board with what businesses have been doing for years.
Explain.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:13 AM
 
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Explain.
Seriously? Businesses gather information on customers and potential customers to better sell their products.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:17 AM
 
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Seriously? Businesses gather information on customers and potential customers to better sell their products.
Surely you understand the difference between market research and spying on your whereabouts, your sexual orientation, your contact list, etc?

To illustrate, tell us when, where, and why you let BestBuy know you're a homosexual and where you traveled this past weekend. Thanks!
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:19 AM
 
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I could not care less.
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