Schumer: Russian FaceApp Threatens U.S. National Security
The Russian developer said that user data is not transmitted to third parties
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A Russian FaceApp photo app could pose a threat to U.S. national security and personal user data.
“It would be deeply troubling if the sensitive personal information of the U.S. citizens was provided to a hostile foreign power actively engaged in cyber hostilities against the United States,” Senator Chuck Schumer, a senior Democrat said in a letter to the FBI director and Federal Trade Commission chairman, Radio Liberty reported.
The senator said that users provide ‘full and unconditional access’ to their photos. He said that the data may be used in the future without the consent of the owners.
The Russian developer said that most of the photos are deleted from the server within 48 hours. They said that user data is not transmitted to third parties or organizations.
FaceApp app was created in 2017. It was developed on the basis of artificial intelligence and allows users to change their photos. In addition to adding aging effects to photos, the application can add a smile, change your hair color, or change your sex.