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.
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.