Chuck Schumer Calls on FBI to Investigate FaceApp Over User Privacy Concerns

Like us, celebrities are obsessed with FaceApp.
The app first went viral in 2017 for its controversial “digital blackface” filter. Now it’s seeing a resurgence in popularity because of its aging filter.
But the Russian-developed app’s resurgence has raised concerns about users’ privacy. Critics note that the app edits users’ photos on its own cloud-based servers, rather than locally on the users’ own devices. Their terms of use do not specify how long it keeps your photos but do state, “You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content.”
Amid widespread concerns over users’ privacy, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on the FBI and FTC to investigate FaceApp’s use of photos. Schumer said the app’s headquarters in Russia raises concerns over whether foreign governments can access U.S. citizen’s data.
In a statement, FaceApp denied sharing users’ data with third parties.