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White House Press Secretary Laughs About NSA Taking Angry Birds Data

Reports Monday said the National Security Agency could take user's mobile data from apps such as Angry Birds.

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White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that he's "not in a position" to discuss reports that the National Security Agency has the ability to take information from so-called "leaky" mobile apps such as Angry Birds, a question which drew laughs from Carney and the White House press corps. Carney added that the NSA was not "focused" on the communications of ordinary Americans.

"What I'm saying is that the NSA in its collection is focused on the communication of people who are valid foreign intelligence targets," Carney said. "They're not focused on the information of ordinary Americans, and that's the case in answer to questions about, you know, the variety of revelations that have been made in the press."

According to documents published in the New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica Monday, the NSA can collect data from mobile apps that can reveal a user's personal information.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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