New documents released by whistleblower and former NSA employee Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA and the UK’s equivalent intelligence agency, GCHQ, have been gathering data from mobile apps to create reports on the “political alignments” of users.
The program also allows the NSA or GCHQ to obtain logs of your Google Maps history, allowing them to create a pretty detailed picture of your movements.
In documents from 2008, GCHQ admitted,
It effectively means that anyone using Google Maps on a smartphone is working in support of a GCHQ system.”
A 2007 report from the NSA brags that they are, “able to clone Google’s database” of all past Maps searches.
Revelations that these agencies have even been gathering data from apps like Angry Birds suggests that this data collection is less about fighting terrorism and more about creating detailed profiles of every individual.
Read the full story from the Center for Research on Globalization here.