Senate calls on FBI, FTC to investigate privacy risks of FaceApp

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has called for the agencies to investigate the risks for users after some 80 million people downloaded the app, which has headquarters in Russia.
1:36 | 07/18/19

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Transcript for Senate calls on FBI, FTC to investigate privacy risks of FaceApp
Now to new concerns this morning over that app taking the world by storm faceapp which lets users alter photos they upload to it and lawmakers are now worried it could pose a national security and privacy risk for some of its millions of users. T.J. Holmes joins us with more. There are calls this morning for a federal investigation. We are talking about the FBI being asked to investigate an app that everybody is using for fun and games right now and the request is coming from none other than the senate minority leader chuck Schumer wants the FBI and ftc to look into the app over security concerns. You've seen this by now. This faceapp has been around for two years but experiences new popularity because a lot of celebrities are using it. You see Lebron there. But now with this new focus on it, new popularity, means new focus on some security concerns about it. Now, the DNC put out a letter to all the presidential campaigns saying if you got this thing on your staff get rid of it immediately. We don't exactly know the security concerns but still just get rid of it. Don't roll the dice. This is really blowing up in a way that I don't think any of us expected. We thought it was fun two days ago and now we have federal investigations. What is the company saying. They're saying, hey, everybody, calm down. They're saying the data is not transferred. This thing -- the developers are from Russia. Your data is not transferred to most of the photos are erased and also they are not taking your entire photo gallery. That's the key thing. They're only taking the one photo you upload. Thank you, T.J. More to come, I'm sure. More to come here as well.

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