Schumer urges FBI to investigate FaceApp


US minority leader Chuck Schumer urged the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate on national safety and privacy towards the Russian FaceApp due to which can change pictures of users.

The app of artificial intelligence FaceApp for photo edition ask users for giving “full and irrevocable access to their personal photos and data,” which could present “national security and privacy risks for millions of U.S. citizens,” Schumer wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray and FTC Chairman Joe Simons.

In his words, users’ photos can be edited to change his or her appearance according to age and gender.

“FaceApp’s location in Russia raises questions regarding how and when the company provides access to the data of U.S. citizens to third parties, including potentially foreign governments,” Schumer wrote.

The question is how the artificial intelligence app save users data and how they can delete them completely after its using, he said.

Schumer pointed out that the location for photo edition in Russia is questioned about how FaceApp allows third parties get access to Americans data, according to the fact that pictures are deleted in 48 hours.

“99% of users don’t log in; therefore, we don’t have access to any data that could identify a person.”

However, while a research team stays in Russia, users data are not transferred to Russia.

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