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Daily Dashboard | FaceApp's viral return comes with data security concerns Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Editorial Director, Dec. 6, 2019


FaceApp, an artificial intelligence–powered photo-editing app, recently resurfaced and brought privacy issues with it, TechCrunch reports. The app has possible vulnerabilities related to its consent mechanism, along with unclear details regarding data uploads. Users are allowed to block the app from accessing their phones' camera rolls, but the app has the ability to override the mechanism. The Russian-based app does not clearly state if the data processing goes on locally. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has asked the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate the app's data-collecting processes. FaceApp responded to privacy critics, saying the processing of selected photos occurs in a cloud, and some photos are stored there for a maximum of 48 hours.
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