The FaceApp controversy started a couple of days ago when a developer suggested that FaceApp is uploading all of your photos without even asking for your permission. It turned out to be just a false alarm.
FaceApp will ask to access your photos and you’ll start seeing your photos in the app slowly (network delays). As soon as you enable airplane mode, all of your photos will be listed while not letting you use any of them at the same time.
FaceApp in response to our query told us that they only upload the photo which is being used and that they process that specific image in the cloud and not in the device. The app activity was replicated via a network analyzer tool and there was no such thing found that was being claimed by the developer.
Despite all of the clarification, the American Senator and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has officially called on the FBI and FTC to investigate FaceApp based on the fact that the app was developed in Russia.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., also sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, asking the agencies to investigate the app.
Schumer wrote that he has “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.”
DNC has also alerted the 2020 presidential candidates to not use FaceApp
The Democratic National Committee sent a security alert to 2020 presidential campaigns Wednesday afternoon warning them not to use the popular smartphone application FaceApp, CNN has learned.
“This app allows users to perform different transformations on photos of people, such as aging the person in the picture. Unfortunately, this novelty is not without risk: FaceApp was developed by Russians,” the alert from Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief security officer, read.