Chuck Schumer wants the FBI to probe FaceApp's possible ties to Russia

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Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the FBI to review a Russian company's smartphone app that transforms faces from photos into younger and older images of the person.

The New York Democrat said in a letter on Wednesday to the FBI and Federal Trade Commission that he's concerned FaceApp could pose 'national security and privacy risks for millions of U.S. citizens.'

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The New York Democrat is asking the agencies to assess the situation and says he has 'serious concerns' about how long users' data is stored and if it is deleted after usage.

He says it would be 'deeply troubling' if sensitive personal information was provided 'to a hostile foreign power actively engaged in cyber hostilities against the United States.'

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Many popular apps collect user data, but concerns have circulated about FaceApp, which is developed in Russia by Wireless Lab.

FaceApp has gained renewed popularity in recent days as celebrities and public figures shared photos of themselves looking 50 years older thanks to an editing tool from the software developer.

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But experts warned of security concerns with FaceApp, made in 2017, which puts a filter over your face, as it has permanent access to your photos.

Concerns focus around a questionable clause in the app, which can access, store and use images from your camera roll, without your permission.

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In light of the concerns, Chuck Schumer wrote in his letter: '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.

'Given the growing popularity of FaceApp and these national security and privacy concerns, I ask that the FBI assess whether the personal data uploaded by millions of Americans onto FaceApp maybe finding its way into the hands of the Russian Government, or entities with ties to the...
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