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Connections: Understanding FaceApp and what happens to user data submitted to social media apps

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Have you tried FaceApp, the social media app that shows you what you might look like in your twilight years? Many users expressed concerns about privacy when they learned FaceApp's developer is based in Russia. Experts say the concerns about security are largely overblown, but they're glad users are thinking about privacy.

What actually happens to your data when you submit it to apps or websites, either willingly or without knowing? Our guests help us understand how the technology works and our rights related to privacy. In studio:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law 
  • Jonathan Weissman, senior lecturer in the Department of Computing Security at RIT
  • Emily Hessney Lynch, social media strategist and founder of Serve Me the Sky Digital
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.