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FBI calls FaceApp a ‘Potential Counterintelligence Threat’ from Russia

In a Nov. 25 letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, FBI assistant director Jill Tyson said that the agency is investigating FaceApp over its ties to Russia. The app, which takes photos and adds effects that can make people look older or add a smile to their pictures, is based in Russia.

The FBI considers any mobile application or similar product developed in Russia, such as FaceApp, to be a potential counterintelligence threat, based on the data the product collects, its privacy and terms of use policies, and the legal mechanisms available to the Government of Russia that permit access to data within Russia’s borders,” Tyson wrote in the letter.

Details are available at: https://www.cnet.com/news/fbi-calls-faceapp-a-potential-counterintelligence-threat-from-russia/.

 

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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