Security concerns raised over Russian 'Face App'

U.S. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has called on the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission to conduct a national security and privacy investigation into FaceApp, a face-editing photo app developed in Russia. 

The viral smartphone application, which has seen a new surge of popularity due to a filter that ages photos of user's faces, requires “full and irrevocable access to their personal photos and data,” which could potentially pose “national security and privacy risks for millions of U.S. citizens,” Schumer said in his letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and FTC Chairman Joe Simons. "It would be deeply troubling if the sensitive personal information of U.S. citizens was provided to a hostile foreign power actively engaged in cyber hostilities against the United States," he continued.

The Democratic National Committee also sent out an alert to the party’s 2020 presidential candidates on Wednesday warning them against using the app, pointing to its Russian origin. 

In the email, seen by Reuters and first reported by CNN, DNC security chief Bob Lord also urged Democratic presidential campaigns to delete the app immediately if they or their staff had already used it. 

There is no evidence at this stage that FaceApp provides user data to the Russian government. 

image: www.faceapp.com

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