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GDPR - December 4, 2019

#Privacy: FBI says ‘FaceApp’ poses counterintelligence threat

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has told a US senator that the face-editing photo app FaceApp could be a counterintelligence risk. 

Earlier this year, the smartphone app saw a surge in popularity as a result of a filter that ages the faces of users.

However, in July, Senator Chuck Schumer expressed his concerns about the app in an open letter attached to a tweet, stating that it could “pose national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens.”

Schumer asked the FBI and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate FaceApp to see whether it posed a national security and privacy risk. 

On Monday, the Bureau responded in a letter to which Schumer published on Twitter. The FBI said that it considered any product or mobile application created in Russia 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.”

Russia’s intelligence services maintain “robust cyber exploitation capabilities” thus allowing them to access all communications and servers on Russian networks without making a request to ISPs.

“If the FBI assesses that elected officials candidates, political campaigns, or political parties are targets of foreign influence operations involving FaceApp, the FBI would coordinate notifications, investigate, and engage the Foreign Influence Task Force, as appropriate.”

The company behind FaceApp has denied sharing or selling user data with third parties.

The post #Privacy: FBI says ‘FaceApp’ poses counterintelligence threat appeared first on PrivSec Report.


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