US Democratic senator says Russia-based FaceApp is a threat to national security
Chuck Schumer is worried that users have to allow full access to personal photos and other data before using the application.
Senator from the US Democratic Party, Chuck Schumer, said that FaceApp, a popular Russia-based application, may pose a threat to national security. Schumer wrote a statement to the FBI, as well as the Federal Trade Commission, saying that the increasingly popular app is a threat to the privacy of millions of American citizens. The senator twitted a scanned copy of the document, according to Izvestia.
Chuck Schumer is worried that users have to allow full access to personal photos and other data before using the application. In the future, the information may be used without the consent of the owners, the senator believes.
The Russian origin of FaceApp is an extra threat: personal data, including biometric ones, may end up in the hands of the Russian government and associated organizations, Schumer argues.
In this regard, the senator asks the departments to do an investigation into the application and find out how the privacy issues are dealt with.
FaceApp is a mobile application that alters user photos making them look older or younger and even change the gender of the user. In July, it gained viral popularity on social media, with many publishing altered selfies, both their own and other people. The app was developed by Russian IT experts in 2017.