Mark Murphy just posted the following in his blog:
Tell Your Ad Network: “SSL, Please”
The Washington Post is reporting that the NSA, through a program code-named HAPPYFOOT, “intercepts traffic generated by mobile apps that send a smartphone’s location to advertising networks”.
If you are using an advertising network, or other similar third-party code, ask them when they will be using SSL for encrypting their communications from your app back to their servers. Clearly, not enough ad networks are doing this, otherwise the FOOT would not be quite so HAPPY.
For me this is just another argument for using an ad blocker on your mobile device. Protect yourself against the data kraken out there and install AdAway today!