Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds franchise, does not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agencies such as NSA or GCHQ anywhere in the world, the firm said today.

Information from documents leaked by Edward Snowden led to speculation in the media that NSA targets Angry Birds to collect end user data.

Any alleged surveillance "may be conducted through third party advertising networks used by millions of commercial web sites and mobile applications across all industries," explains Rovio's statement. Rovio adds that it "does not allow any third party network to use or hand over personal end-user data" from its apps.

Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio Entertainment commented: "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.

"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.

"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."

Source: Press release