The fun cartoon generation app, Bitstrips is spreading like wild fire among facebook users. However quite recently Edward Snowden revealed that the app is actually a Trojan horse from the NSA. They tap your Facebook feed and cell phone.
Snowden is a statement said that, “The NSA knew that someday their spying would be made public. They knew that people would respond by demanding more privacy settings. So in response the NSA set up a team to develop apps that will bypass privacy settings, in a legal way.”
“To use these apps you have to agree to the Terms of Service, and agree to give the app access to your Facebook profile. So these developers were tasked to develop apps that would go viral. Games were looked at, but there are so many games out there already. Then someone said cartoons and comics. Facebook is a visual platform, so pictures do well”, Snowden further added.
Snowden also explained how viral the Trojan horse is. Even if you do not use Bitstrips but simply like or post a comment on someone else’s Bitstrip, the NSA access will gain access to your profile.
When you install Bitstrips in your android and iPhone, the NSA gets access to your cellphone. They gain full authorization over your call, text messages, email, web surfing, photos and video via Bitstrips.
However, legal experts opine that though this app might sound unethical but is still legal and nothing much can be done. Lawyer Thomas Anderson back Bitstrips up by putting it this way.” Software terms of service are a legal and binding contract. In their contract it outlines that the user is giving full access to the app creator. When they click that box that states ‘I Agree’ they are entering into a contract. So in effect people are volunteering to give all that data to the NSA. Because seriously who reads all the legal stuff in the terms of service.”
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