Chuck Schumer in a tweet on Wednesday July 17th urged the FBI and FTC to look into the national security risks now, after observations into the Privacy Policy of the FaceApp that is being used by millions of people around the world and the US.

In his two pages letter Schumer explains his concerns and starting by stating the software developer being headquarter in St Petersburg, Russia which poses a national security and privacy risks for millions of US. Citizens.

Schumer continues to explains how the mobile software works using artificial intelligence AI to alter someone’s photos to look younger or older or possess a different gender. However, Mr. Schumer continues, in order to operate the application, users must provide the company full and irrevocable access to their photos and data.

In the letter he describes the privacy policy contains forms of “dark patterns”, which manifest in opaque disclosures and broader user authorizations, can be misleading to consumers and may even constitute a deceptive trade practice.

The main concern that Schumer emphasize is the mobile software being located in Russia raises questions regarding how and when the company provides access to the data of U.S. citizens to third parties, including potentially foreign governments.

Russia remains a significant counterintelligence threat and he pointed out according the FBI director Wray himself.

Schumer urges the FBI to look deeply into the personal data uploaded by millions of Americans onto FaceApp and assess whether this data may be finding its way into the hands of the Russian government or entities with ties to the Russian government.

He continues to addresses the FTC to consider whether there are adequate safeguards in place to prevent the privacy of Americans using this application, including government personnel and military service members, from being compromised and if not, that the public be made aware of the risks associated with the use of this application or others similar to it.

He concludes his letter by saying, in the age of facial recognition technology as both a surveillance and security use, it is essential that users have the information they need to ensure their personal and biometric data remains secure, including from hostile foreign nations.

You can read the two pages letter below.

Concerns increased in the US after the mobile software application FaceApp went viral in just few days and many observers of the privacy policy of the software raised security concerns amid the election season heating up and suspicions of Russian involvement and collision with the elections of 2016.