US Leader Urges FBI To Intervene And Look Into FaceApp After Suspecting Potential Threat
FaceApp has taken over the internet lately and people are having great time with the app. However, the app isn’t just about fun, or at least that is what a few people tend to believe.
The US Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has asked the FBI to investigate the claims that the app is breaching privacy laws by keeping the selfies. Mr Schumer said in his letter to the intelligence agencies that the app poses ‘national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens’ – and even to the people of other countries.
He explained that the use of app is so wide that it could actually be a threat, with the risk of personal data being exposed to a ‘hostile foreign power’.
With the letter attached, he wrote: “The @FBI & @FTC must look into the national security & privacy risks now, because millions of Americans have used it. It’s owned by a Russia-based company. And users are required to provide full, irrevocable access to their personal photos & data.”
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Because millions of Americans have used it
It’s owned by a Russia-based company
And users are required to provide full, irrevocable access to their personal photos & data pic.twitter.com/cejLLwBQcr
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 18, 2019
As of now, the app has over 80 million users. It reads: “Transform your face using Artificial Intelligence with just one tap.”
According to reports, the US’ Democratic National Committee (DNC) has said that the 2020 presidential candidates should stay away from the app because of the potential threat.
Meanwhile, FaceApp has confirmed that most of the images are deleted from the cloud within 48 hours and it doesn’t share any user data with any third parties. It also revealed that although the core team is from Russia, the user data is not transferred there.
The statement added: “Additionally, we’d like to comment on one of the most common concerns: all pictures from the gallery are uploaded to our servers after a user grants access to the photos […] We don’t do that. We upload only a photo selected for editing. You can quickly check this with any of network sniffing tools available on the internet.”