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Seems like the only thing uploaded is your picture. I'd be curious to see what data it actually collects from your phone otherwise but just a photo feels pretty innocuous

In Russia at least they could match your photo against your phone number, IMEI, IP address etc.

Especially useful for capturing younger users who are more likely to be anti-Putin.

So like every other android app where you login with facebook.

Yeah, except there are no arrests happening in the US based solely on someone being an anti-Trump protester, and Facebook doesn't directly share the user data with anyone.

Inb4 Cambridge Analytica, FB didn't just hand off the data to them, users had to use a special third-party app within FB and explicitly give it permission to access the user data. And those APIs aren't available anymore after the backlash either way.

Having a database of peoples picture is a huge asset for Russian intelligence. They can use facial recognition to enhance their visual surveillance efforts.

Seems like that information is already largely public just not linked publicly to your phone information.

Is there a public database of images of people with names? Police don’t even have that.

You mean the digital equivalent of a big book full of people's names and faces? That's an exact description of Facebook.

Can Russia buy all facebooks data? How would their intelligence agency get photos and corresponding names from Facebook?

For almost all people, name and profile picture are set public. It's an incredibly tiny fraction of all the data, which is why I'm amused at all the uproar. There really is very little you can do with that information.

That's silly. Just take a list of leaked emails and run that against gravatar and you'll probably get more photos. Run it through Luminati if you're afraid of getting IP blocked. Bam! You could have a hundred million avatars, most of which will be photos.

Then there's LinkedIn's public profiles, Github's public profiles, Twitter's profiles. This is just privacy theatre.

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