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MP Nusrat Jahan says dating app used photo without consent — ‘ready to take this up legally’

Video dating app FancyU used actor-MP Nusrat Jahan’s photo in its ad poster. Nusran Jahan tweets to say it's ‘totally unacceptable’, urging Kolkata Police to look into the matter.

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New Delhi: Actor and Trinamool Congress’s Lok Sabha MP Nusrat Jahan has said she could take legal action against a video dating app, FancyU, for using her photo “without consent”.

Jahan took to Twitter Monday to complain about the app after a user pointed out that her photo has been used by the app without her permission. 

“This is totally unacceptable — using pictures without consent,” she wrote, adding, “I am ready to take this up legally”.

She tagged the cyber cell of Kolkata Police and Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma, requesting them to look into the matter. 

The Twitter user, Bhaswati, who tagged Jahan and brought the matter to her notice, wrote: “The face of an MP-heroine is being used in a video chat app, without her permission. How is that possible?”

The joint commissioner, crime, Kolkata, immediately took cognisance of the matter and replied that the issue is being looked into by the “concerned section for necessary action”. 

The app

The app, FancyU, allows its users to video chat with strangers they connect with globally.

In its advertising poster, the app used Jahan’s photo with a caption that read — ‘Make new friends sitting at home during lockdown’.

Video dating apps have garnered millions of users due to the Covid-induced lockdown. In May, FancyU reportedly recorded over a million downloads in India on Google Play Store.

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