US Senator Chuck Schumer urges FBI to investigate FaceApp




Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has suggested for an investigation into FaceApp, citing its privacy concern and fear over data transfer to the Russian government.

In a letter posted on Twitter, Mr. Schumer called the FBI and Federal Trade Commission to investigate the popular app. 

"I have serious concerns regarding both the protection of the data that is being aggregated as well as whether users are aware of who may have access to it," his letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and FTC Chairman Joseph Simons.

‘’Furthermore, it is unclear how long FaceApp retains a user’s data or how a user may ensure their data is deleted after usage. These 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.’’

‘’In particular, FaceApp’s location 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,’’ the letter reads.

However, the app makers have previously denied the allegations. 

In the meantime, the Democratic National Committee has reportedly warned all its 2020 presidential candidates and their campaigners not to use the app. 

"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," security officer Bob Lord reportedly told the staff.


In between all the controversies, the company has more than 80 million active users.


All data is in plastic: the usual passports of Russians will begin to change into digital


The Russian government has determined the basic parameters of the future electronic passport. Documents of the new type will be issued to Russians from 2020 in Moscow, and it is planned to fully switch to digital passports by 2022.

Paper passports will no longer be issued, but old documents will remain valid until their expiration date. People over 45 will continue to use paper documents indefinitely.

The e-passport will become a universal carrier of information about a person, necessary for his identification. The government is discussing the addition of other personal data to such a document, such as electronic signatures, fingerprints, insurance number.

However, the design of the electronic passport has not yet been approved. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the main version is a plastic card with a chip, which will be complemented by the secure mobile application "My passport".

Such a document looks like a Bank card with a high degree of protection NFC-based chip will be integrated into the card and the card will also have a QR code and holographic protection. All components for the new document will be only "made in Russia".
Crypto-protection will increase the protection of a new passport against fakes. In addition, the mobile application "My passport" will give the opportunity to use a cloud digital signature, which is convenient for entrepreneurs. It is planned that the application will be available for all platforms — Android, iOS and even for the Russian operating system Aurora.

The government promised to pay maximum attention to the protection of electronic passports from hacking and manipulation.

It is interesting to note that Georgian citizens can already receive an electronic identity card, they can get it within three days for $ 10. A “smart” chip embedded in a plastic passport allows identifying the owner and getting all the information about his property, tax payments and even health.

"Now more than three million citizens of Georgia have electronic passports. Citizens from 14 years of age must obtain a passport", – said Givi Azarashvili, the Director of the House of Justice.



Lancaster University students' data stolen in cyberattack





A "sophisticated and malicious phishing attack" has resulted in the  leak of personal data of 12,500 students and applicants at the Lancaster University.

The University admitted that records and ID documents of some undergraduate applicant  for the years 2019 and 2020 had been accessed, and  fraudulent invoices were sent to them. 

In a statement released, the university said that they got to know about the breach on Friday, and they have  set up an incident team who is working to secure its systems.

“Lancaster University has been subject to a sophisticated and malicious phishing attack which has resulted in breaches of student and applicant data,” it said.

“The matter has been reported to law enforcement agencies and we are now working closely with them.”

Data leaked includes name of the student, their addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. 

A university spokesman said: “Since Friday we have focused on safeguarding our IT systems and identifying and advising students and applicants who have been affected. This work of our incident team is ongoing, as is the investigation by law enforcement agencies.”



Facebook Messenger Kids ‘Technical Error’ exposed kids unauthorized users.







A technical error in Facebook’s messaging app for kids, has exposed thousands of children to join chats with unauthorized users.

The Messenger Kids was launched in 2017 for kids under 13 years, the app gives a private” chat space for kids to talk with contacts that are approved by their parents.

According to a report from The Verge, the flaw allowed a  friend of a child to create a group chat in the app which  invited one or more of the second child’s parent-approved friends — that means a a friend can add secondary contacts to the chat without the approval by the parents of the first child. 

However, the company did not make a public disclosure of the safety issue. 

'We recently notified some parents of Messenger Kids account users about a technical error that we detected affecting a small number of group chats,' a Facebook representative said in a statement. 

'We turned off the affected chats and provided parents with additional resources on Messenger Kids and online safety.'



Google’s Trying to Buy Faces For as Less as $5?







After already owning lots of information about the people who use it, Google’s up for trying to own people’s faces, that too just for $5!

Allegedly, individuals from Google are meeting up with people and are asking them to use the “selfie” mode in various angles.

Many teams of Google representative across several different cities are panning out people to collect “facial” data.

When asked the say that they are collecting data to “improve the next generation of facial recognition” while unlocking the phone.

What does that person get in exchange for their valuable face? Merely a gift card worth $5 to Starbucks or Amazon.



After the person agrees to participate in this new development initiative, a relatively large phone is handed out in an inconspicuous looking case that hides its shape.

Also, the participant then is apparently asked to sign a waiver. 

It is being conjectured that the device given to the participants is a pre-release version of Google’s Pixel 4s still in its testing stage.

The data that gets fed into the prototype machine apparently gets worked into an algorithm to recognizes faces by way of a varied assortment of sensors.

As is in the air already, Google’s all set for losing its 2D face recognition sensors and is about to embrace official support for 3D face unlock.

Between all these assumptions, suppositions and surmises Google haven’t officially uttered a word.