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Yes, FaceApp Really Could Be Sending Your Data to Russia

August 9, 2019

FaceApp has an unprecedented level of access to data from 150 million users. What could its endgame be? We unpack three potential risks.

FaceApp, an app that offers special effects for photographs, has been downloaded and installed by more than 150 million people worldwide, according to consumer tech journalist John Koetsier, writing in Forbes. Koetsier writes that the most popular of these special effects is an artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced photo filter that ages any faces in the photograph. This feature has gotten even more popular lately, leading to the app’s privacy being called into question on a global scale.

FaceApp is developed and published by Wireless Lab, a company with headquarters in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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