The FBI says apps developed in Russia are a counterintelligence threat - Business Insider

  • But the Russian-developed app also drew regulatory scrutiny thanks to its data policies: photos added to FaceApp were uploaded to a server for processing before being sent back to the user, but its terms of service did not specify how long the data could be kept.
  • National security concerns mounted, as people worried that sensitive biometric data could be accessed by a foreign government.
  • When it went viral in July, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer immediately wrote to the FBI and the FTC to express his concern about FaceApp's Russia ties.
  • This, along with its privacy and terms of use policies, seems to form the basis for the FBI's concerns.
  • The letter also warned about Russian intelligence's "robust cyber exploitation capabilities, and warned that authorities could "remotely access all communications and servers on Russian networks," without requests to internet providers.

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