UK spy agency snooped user activities on Facebook, Youtube

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 15:08

London: UK spy agency GCHQ reportedly snooped-on Facebook and YouTube activities of users, documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed.

The documents have revealed that the GCHQ monitored YouTube video views, Facebook `likes` and Blogger visits among other activities in real-time.

According to the BBC, the alleged programme, codenamed Squeaky Dolphin, exposed recently, pointed that the GCHQ and the US` NSA took help of `leaky mobile apps` like Angry Birds, Facebook, etc. to pull out users` data.

Post revelations, Facebook has started encrypting its data, but Google` YouTube and Blogger services remain unencrypted and the search giant`s legal chief David Grummond expressed shock, surprise and outrage over the alleged revelations.

The documents revealed commercially available software Splunk Dashboard was used to provide real-time analysis of how people use YouTube, Facebook and Blogger, allowing organizations to `listen` to their own data.

The report said that both YouTube and Facebook have denied giving permission to the GCHQ to access user data.


First Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 15:08

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