FaceApp, the Suspicious app Rising Red Flags
FaceApp is one of the funniest apps that recently became popular on every mobile device. It ages anyone who lends his face. However, just like any other app, this one has advantages and disadvantages; some of the latter are privacy and security.
Western media sounded the alarm about the risks and dangers of using this Russian app after the boom FaceApp had in several countries, including Latin American countries.
On July 18th, the leader of the Democratic Party of the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, through his Twitter account, installed a commission with the FBI and Federal Commerce Commission of the USA to investigate FaceApp. Schumer considers that this popular app might represent a threat to “homeland security, and privacy” because its software, used by thousands of Americans, “is property of a Russian-based company.”
The senator expressed his concern for the fact that FaceApp’s users “had to grant full and irrevocable access to their photos and personal information.”
Experts on the matter alerted about the danger of using this app where we use our name and personal information. It is making us vulnerable to a possible use of facial recognition; without any question, a key element in digital identity. The system works with a computer algorithm and neuronal networks to scan faces and modify details of the image by adding gray hair, wrinkles, and eye bags.