'App was launched by Russian developer in 2017 and uses AI to change people’s features'
'The developer of a popular app which transforms users’ faces to predict how they will look as older people has insisted they are not accessing users’ photographs without permission.
FaceApp, which was launched by a Russian developer in 2017, uses artificial intelligence allowing people to see how they would look with different hair colour, eye colour or as a different gender.
The app has topped download charts again this week, after users homed in on its ageing filter, which has since been used by dozens of celebrities and prominent figures to picture how they will supposedly look in several decades’ time.
This surge of interest has in turn created concerns that FaceApp is systematically harvesting users’ images. People who upload their image to the app transfer the picture to a server controlled by the developer, with the photograph processing done remotely, rather than on their phone.
In the US, senior Democrat Chuck Schumer has urged the FBI to investigate, saying FaceApp could pose “national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens”, according to a letter seen by Associated Press. He said 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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