FaceApp security concerns: Experts say Russians might own your old photos

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Business Technology expert Steve Sammartino is anxious that giving companies access to your photos is a risk because facial recognition technology is being used to identify people when they open their phones and could be used to gain access to banking websites or to use your credit cards in the future.

FaceApp is a photo filter app that allows you to upload a photo of yourself and then artificial intelligence changes your looks, making you appear either older or younger.

If you didn't know, this is the app that's flooding your feed with photos of celebrities as senior citizens. Famous people are doing it, regular people having been doing it to photos of famous people, regular people have been doing it to themselves.

The privacy policy of FaceApp also suggests that its developers can relocate the user data from one region to another without informing end users.

Schumer asked the FBI to investigate whether personal data from the app, which has more than 80 million active users, is being collected by the Russian government and requested that the FTC look into whether there are adequate safeguards in place to prevent data from being compromised. Users may be quick to download FaceApp and try out the old age filter without realizing what they are doing.

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Democrats, in fact, are so concerned about FaceApp, the DNC sent a security alert to presidential campaigns Wednesday, warning them not to use it, CNN reported. For the fastest processing, we recommend sending the requests from the FaceApp mobile app using "Settings- Support- Report a bug" with the word "privacy" in the subject line. They do say, however, that they "might" store these uploaded photos to the cloud to monitor app performance and traffic, but most are deleted within 48 hours of upload.

"We would advise people signing up to any app to check what will happen to their personal information and not to provide any personal details until they are clear about how they will be used".

Tweeters and other social media users feared that FaceApp may be able to upload all of its users' photos including screenshots with sensitive information, but the AP says those fears are not reality.

Introduced in 2017, there is no evidence that the company, run by former Yandex executive Yaroslav Goncharov, shares user data with third parties, including the Russian government.

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