NSA Techniques Revealed in New Documents
By Harold Hutchison
Popular apps like Angry Birds and Google Maps are being used by the NSA and the British GCHQ to track certain users, according to documents leaked by self-proclaimed whistleblower Ed Snowden.
According to a report by Fox News, the data from the apps was used to supplement other metadata gathered by the NSA. The data includes information on the user’s marital status and sexual orientation.
The NSA had particular interest in Google Maps, due to its accuracy – often within a few yards. Mobile photo apps were also of interest to the spy agency, largely due to metadata n the photos that were uploaded to social media sites.