FaceApp is a threat of Russian counterintelligence according to the FBI

If there is an application that this summer was popular is definitely FaceApp. The well-known application that makes you old enjoyed enormous popularity, being a success and with millions of people uploading their "old self" to social networks. Although from the beginning there have been many doubts about the treatment of the privacy of the application.

The company behind FaceApp is Russian and there have been rumors about its alleged links with the country's government. The FBI has been investigating to the company these months and conclude that it is a potential threat. The reason? It is considered a potential threat of Russian counterintelligence.

The shadow of Russian espionage

This summer, Senator Chuck Summer asked the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission to conduct an investigation into FaceApp. There were suspicions about the treatment that the company has with the private data of the users, the photos that are uploaded. The FBI response to that request is official and it is said in the same that the terms of use of the application are similar to those of other social media apps. Despite that, it is considered a threat.

This is because it is considered that any product or application developed in Russia It is a potential threat of counterintelligence, due to the country's legislation, which also recently approved a controversial new law. Emphasis is placed on Russia's capabilities to access people's data as an aspect that makes this application a threat.

As reported by the FBI, FaceApp Store user photos for 48 hours on their servers. The firm has servers in the United States, Australia, Ireland and Singapore. The creators of the application have confirmed this, but they also wanted to emphasize that they do not transmit information to servers in Russia at any time. In addition, the entire editing process runs in the cloud.

Although the popularity of FaceApp has fallen significantly these months, there are still questions about security and privacy in the same. So far, nothing has been demonstrated about privacy issues in it, or if there are links with the Russian government. The United States keeps it in the spotlight basically because it is a Russian app. Are there really reasons to suspect?