Chuck Schumer Probes for FBI and FTC Investigation on FaceApp



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Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer inquires for an investigation into FaceApp, by FBI. Which alters user’s photos making them look younger or older.





 In a letter he wrote on Wednesday and posted on Twitter, he said the app is “deeply troubling” with a point that personal data of US citizens could go to a “hostile foreign power”

FaceApp has previously denied the allegations of selling or sharing user data with third parties
 However, privacy concerns have been raised about the Russian company which developed the app after it went viral in recent days.

  FaceApp which was developed by Wireless Lab, a company based in St. Petersburg, says the App doesn’t permanently store images, only uploading specific photos selected by users for editing. They also stated on its website that it has over 80 million active users. Its CEO, Yaroslav Goncharov used to be an executive at Yandex, widely known as “Russia’s Google”.

The app, which was launched in 2017, made headlines in 2018 when it removed its ‘ethnicity filters’ after users condemned them.

 Mr. Chuck Schumer has, however, asked that the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate FaceApp.

I have serious concerns regarding both the protection of the data that is being aggregated as well as whether users are aware of who may have access to it, he says in his letter.
 “Even though the company’s research and the development team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia” according to the statement.

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