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The FBI claims that the FaceApp application is a potential counterintelligence threat due to its ties to Russia



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The FBI claims that the FaceApp application is a potential counterintelligence threat due to its ties to Russia


A few months ago, the FaceApp application went viral, as transformed our photographs by adding aging effects. Within days of its launch, some users began expressing concern about the app’s privacy policy and its ties to Russia, the country from which the app was created.

This concern reached the United States Senate. Senator Chuck Schumer requested that the FBI investigate the application for the possible problems for national security that the use of this application could suppose. The FBI has just ruled that applications developed in Russia are “potential counterintelligence threats.”

Given concerns about the privacy terms of the application, the developer stated that at no time user data is transferred to Russiadespite the fact that it is in this country where the R&D team that has created the algorithm is located, in addition to stating that the aging process is not carried out on the device itself, but is uploaded to its servers.

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As we can read in Axios, the FBI considers that any application developed in Russia is a potential counterintelligence threat, due to to the tools that the Russian government has at its disposal to access user datasince the Russian Federal Security Service can access data from servers stored in any country without the need to make any judicial request.

After receiving the report from the FBI, Schumer urges all Americans to consider removing apps of Russian origin, including FaceApp. But this is not the application that has been under suspicion by the American government. Tik Tok is another of the applications that is currently under investigation by US lawmakers, due to its Chinese origin.

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