“Angry Birds” developer said that they are not giving data to the NSA

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Rovio has denied that they are giving the National Security Agency (NSA) any data despite a leaked document from Edward Snowden alleging that they are helping the U.S. government spy on users. The data may include the age and location of the users, but may contain additional demographics. Rovio’s “Angry Birds” App was named as one of the “leaky” apps that can be used for a source of information by the NSA.


Rovio sent out a press release about how they are not helping the NSA and that third party advertising companies may be at fault. Rovio said that the NSA and GCHQ may be tapping into third-party ad networks to access data instead of Angry Birds directly. Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said that the company may examine ad partnerships. Here is a statement that Rovio sent out:

“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.

There has been speculation in the media that NSA targets Angry Birds to collect end user data. The speculation is based on information from documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

The alleged surveillance may be conducted through third party advertising networks used by millions of commercial web sites and mobile applications across all industries. If advertising networks are indeed targeted, 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.”

[Source: Rovio/TC]