Remember FaceApp? The app, which in a special way processed our photos and show how we will look in old age. Despite the fact that the App Store is full of similar software, such glory has managed to win only to him. As a result, many decided that FaceApp – probably because their origin is the development of Russian special services, which aim to gather as much intelligence about people from different countries and the US in particular, and to use them against those, to whom these same data originally belonged to.

The Federal Bureau of investigation conducted an audit FaceApp and came to the conclusion that FaceApp and other applications, developed in Russia, pose a potential threat to U.S. national security, because they are a tool of counterintelligence. Such conclusions were made after studying the functionality FaceApp and its user agreement, which says that the developers reserve the right to collect and store information that users voluntarily submit in the course of using the application.

Does FaceApp user data

FaceApp the developers claim that do not store data in Russia, but for photo editing they really have to upload to the cloud. However, the FBI believe that Russian intelligence services have free access to all information that passes through servers FaceApp. Therefore, the Bureau, together with representatives of the U.S. Congress called on Americans for security reasons to avoid using FaceApp to remove it from their devices as soon as possible if it is now installed on them.

“In light of the warning issued by the Federal Bureau of investigation about a potential threat to U.S. national security posed by FaceApp and other similar applications, I urge all Americans to consider their immediate removal from their devices. In addition, I recommend to continue to exercise extra caution when downloading applications developed by US in hostile countries,” called on U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.

Is it dangerous FaceApp application

Despite the seeming absurdity of petitions, privacy policy FaceApp is really difficult to call it comprehensive and focused on protection of user data. Still, collection and storage, which offer developers the possibility of further use of the information obtained, a priori is a violation of privacy. Nobody knows what purpose the creators of the FaceApp will use the accumulated data, given that there are no restrictions they themselves did not create.