Following the leak of documents suggesting government agencies spy on smartphone users through apps like ‘Angry Birds’, creator of the game ‘Rovio’ was quick to dispel rumors that they were handing information about their users to the government.
Rovio, creator of the hit mobile game ‘Angry Birds’ was quick to defend itself against rumors that the company had been handing user information over to government agencies.
Bad press started to circulate about Rovio and its immensely popular ‘Angry Birds’ series after the leak of top secret documents suggesting that the NSA and GCHQ were developing ways to take advantage of “leaky” mobile applications which transmit user information across the Internet. In the documents, Angry Birds was used as a case study for this data collection.
These classified documents were provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden to news agencies, including ‘The Guardian’ and ‘The New York Times’.
However, Rovio was quick to defend itself today in a press release, insisting “Rovio Entertainment Ltd, which is headquartered in Finland, does not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agencies such as NSA or GCHQ anywhere in the world.”
The game developer further insists that it takes the private information of its customers very seriously, and argues that the alleged mobile surveillance is conducted through third party advertising networks shared by millions of applications and websites, besides the ones owned by Rovio.
“If advertising networks are indeed targeted,” Rovio reasoned, “it would appear that no internet-enabled device that visits ad-enabled web sites or uses ad-enabled applications is immune to such surveillance. Rovio does not allow any third party network to use or hand over personal end-user data from Rovio’s apps.”
Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio concluded the press release by suggesting that the company would have to seriously reconsider its partnership with certain advertising networks, if indeed they are being used to spy on users.