FaceApp warning: 'Delete immediately' says security chief as Russian company SAVES selfies
The app, which encourages users to age themselves after uploading pictures, was developed by a group in St Petersburg, Russia. The trend has since amassed millions of users across the world. But following security concerns, politicians have been warned not to use the app.
But French cyber-security researcher Elliot Alderson investigated the claims and found this wasn’t happening.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has warned its 2020 presidential candidates against using the app, CNN reported.
DNC's chief security officer, Bob Lord, said: “This app allows users to perform different transformations on photos of people, such as aging the person in the picture.
“Unfortunately, this novelty is not without risk: FaceApp was developed by Russians.
“It's not clear at this point what the privacy risks are, but what is clear is that the benefits of avoiding the app outweigh the risks.
“If you or any of your staff have already used the app, we recommend that they delete the app immediately.”
The developers have hit back at claims of a privacy breach.
In a statement, FaceApp said: “Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date.”
They insisted data isn’t sold or shared to any third parties and information can be deleted from the app.
They explained it can be deleted using “Settings->Support->Report a bug” with the word “privacy” in the subject line.
The developers added the app’s features are available without logging in meaning they don’t have access to any data that could identify a person.