Rovio: We’re not in bed with the NSA

So you’ve heard a rumor this week that the NSA was pulling data from Rovio’s popular Angry Birds games, eh? Could it be true? Is Rovio really helping out the government by handing over anonymously collected information? According to the developers, that is a resound “NO”.

Our fans’ trust is the most important thing for us and we take privacy extremely seriously. We do not collaborate, collude, or share data with spy agencies anywhere in the world.

If there’s any data being collected by the NSA or other government agencies, Rovio says we should look to ad networks.

As the alleged surveillance might be happening through third party advertising networks, the most important conversation to be had is how to ensure user privacy is protected while preventing the negative impact on the whole advertising industry and the countless mobile apps that rely on ad networks…

And, if there are some companies in cahoots with Big Brother, Rovio and other developers are going to need to look closer at their partnerships.

…In order to protect our end users, we will, like all other companies using third party advertising networks, have to re-evaluate working with these networks if they are being used for spying purposes