Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who exposed the mass internet surveillance plans of the NSA and GCHQ, seems to have had his moral compass directed by videogame heroes.
Xbox 360’s Kinect censor was identified by British spy agency GCHQ as a means of possible surveillance, according to leaked papers published as part of The Guardian’s ongoing expose into digital privacy.
Rovio’s Angry Birds was just one of several applications named under scrutiny by NSA and GCHQ surveillance, but the developer has denied any involvement in the alleged data capture.
Angry Birds is reportedly among a new wave of apps eligible for data capture by America’s National Security Agency and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters.
America’s National Security Agency is reportedly spying on players using Xbox Live, World of Warcraft, Second Life and other services.
Microsoft is said to have given the US National Security Agency access to its users’ Skype calls, Outlook emails and SkyDrive contents for the past three years. A new report based on leaked documents suggests that the company offered the data as part of a US government surveillance initiative called Prism.