Is FaceApp an evil plot by ‘the Russians’ to steal your data? Not quite | Arwa Mahdawi

Following the panic over this viral app, the moral of the story is: dont worry too much about the Russians. You should worry about everything Over the last few days the #faceappchallenge has taken over social media. This challenge involves downloading a selfie-editing tool called FaceApp and using one of its filters to digitally age your face. You then post the photo of your wizened old self on the internet and everyone laughs uproariously. You get a small surge of …

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News

Stalkers have ways of tracking you even without fancy malware, airport facial recognition is becoming more common, and WIRED has some advice on how to take the very best fireworks photos. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines Opting out of facial recognition at the airport isn't easy. Flying this weekend? In at least 17 airports—if you're flying airlines …

How Facial Recognition Is Fighting Child Sex Trafficking

One evening in April, a California law enforcement officer was browsing Facebook when she saw a post from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with a picture of a missing child. The officer took a screenshot of the image, which she later fed into a tool created by nonprofit Thorn to help investigators find underage sex-trafficking victims. The tool, called Spotlight, uses text- and image-processing algorithms to match faces and other clues in online sex ads with other …