U.S. Senator urged the FBI to check the Russian application FaceApp
Senator Chuck Schumer on Wednesday, July 17, urged the FBI to find out whether the data of users who receive the popular FaceApp application fall into the hands of the Russian government or third-party companies associated with the Kremlin.
Schumer wrote a letter to the Bureau Director Christopher ray. The letter says the app “could pose a threat to national security and privacy for millions of us citizens.”
The application, the developers of which are located in St. Petersburg (Russia) uses artificial intelligence to change the appearance of the user – to grow old, rejuvenate or make the other sex.
Photos generated by the app have spread on social media in recent weeks like wildfire. Many American celebrities have also posted their aged photos.
In his letter, Schumer noted that the headquarters of FaceApp is located in St. Petersburg, is of particular concern.
“This raises questions about how and when the company provides access to U.S. citizens’ data to third parties, including possibly foreign governments, ” Schumer wrote. “I ask the FBI to assess whether personal data uploaded by millions of Americans to FaceApp Can fall into the hands of the Russian government or organizations associated with the Russian government.”
Earlier Wednesday, the national Committee of the US Democratic party (DNC) sent out a warning at the campaign headquarters of the presidential campaign in 2020 that do not use FaceApp.
“Unfortunately, this new product is not without risk: FaceApp was developed by the Russians,” – said in a warning to the chief security officer of the DNC Bob Lord.