FBI: FaceApp image-slurper poses possible 'counterintelligence threat' from Russia

FBI: FaceApp image-slurper poses possible 'counterintelligence threat' from Russia

Feds tell senator that Russian toy a potential security risk


Netizens who fire up FaceApp for fun may be unknowingly putting national security at risk, according to the FBI.


In a recent letter (PDF) to US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), the Feds said the Russia-based face-aging tool released to much fanfare this past summer could conceivably be used by the Kremlin for intelligence.


"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 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," wrote Jill Tyson, assistant director of ..