Internet FaceApp is a Russian surveillance machine? The Minister of Digitization took the floor in this matter

Admittedly, similar questions and doubts appear almost in every application, which gains so much popularity in a short time, but this time it seems that we are all in great danger.

Let’s start with the fact that FaceApp has been on the market for some two years, but only now has become wildly popular, and all thanks to the feature that everyone can see how it will look like a pensioner (previously, the software allowed to test a new style or hair color ). It turned out to be a hit, because the internet was flooded with photos of social media users sharing their older versions for several dozen years. Unfortunately, most of them probably did not even look at the rules of using the application, and there you can find very disturbing information.

First of all, in order to use FaceApp, we must allow him access to our photos – if we use the smartphone application for this purpose, she gets access to all photos from this device, even if we want to modify only one (specialists from Tech Crunch say, that he is able to access the photos on iPhones even if the user has set the permissions to “never”), and after logging in with Facebook, we provide the software with all the pictures from our profile.

This is not all, because FaceApp stores not only our photos but also all the information provided by the device we use, ie. Viewed websites, applications and other activity, location or IP address. And although we hear at every step that it is only about improving the quality of service provision and personalization of advertising, many cyber security specialists have serious doubts here. Especially that in the privacy policy there is a direct notation that the application does not guarantee the security of this information, some of them can make available to business partners, and in the event of sale of the company will pass everything on to new owners.

This does not sound appealing, but it can not be concealed that we are currently using so many applications, which we grant so many accesses that probably one does not make much difference, but … its creators are from Russia, which ignited some of many lights warning. Well, because it is not known today that Putin’s authorities are able to influence local enterprises and obtain data from them not entirely via legal channels, which is why the Americans decided to act.

Democratic leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer, asked the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission with a request to check FaceApp. He argues his position with the possibility of transferring personal data of American citizens to the enemy state. It was enough for the machine to move in other countries, for example ours, because the Minister of Digitization Marek Zagórski also initiated urgent checks in the FaceApp case.

One of them is the Department of Digital Ministry Data Management, which is to check whether the application actually downloads photos and data from our phones, and the other CERT Polska, that is the information security team of the state-owned Scientific and Academic Computer Network, which will check in turn, where exactly the Russian application sends our data. What will the results be? We will probably see for some time, but the scale of the actions taken suggests that something may be on the agenda.