The Russian FaceApp which uses AI to produce your aged photos went viral on social media in recent times. Even the celebs such as Drake, the Jonas Brothers and Kevin Hart used the filters of the app and shared their photos on social media platforms.
But, according to recent reports that surfaced online, the Russian app might be using your personal information even without your knowledge.
Terms and Conditions: Privacy concerns
Well, I mean, THAT’s shitty. https://t.co/hJuhPSjc7H
— Joshua Nozzi 🇺🇸👨🏻💻 ⚣ (@JoshuaNozzi) July 17, 2019
The experts warn that the free app raises security concerns and accesses users’ identity and information. The term and conditions of the app also mention that they have the right to modify, publish and reproduce any of the images that you process through the AI of the app.
This way the users grant the permission to the app to access the gallery of their device. They can retain your data even after you delete the app. This means your face might get used for commercialization or any other purpose too.
Experts are warning of security concerns with FaceApp, made in 2017, which puts a filter over your face, as it has *permanent access to your photos.* https://t.co/nbNNi4ysR1
— Susan Davis (@DaviSusan) July 17, 2019
What FaceApp says over the concern?
After the FaceApp again went viral because of the raised privacy concerns, the FaceApp team has responded too. According to FaceApp, this is not a conspiracy. And they further clarify the issues as follows:
- They accept that the editing of the photo is done on their cloud. But, they only upload the specific photo selected by the user for editing. They do not upload any other photos from the users’ camera roll.
- They also specify that they might keep the uploaded photo in their cloud for better “performance and training”. Most of the photos are deleted within 48 hours.
- Also, the user can even access the app without logging in. Thus, they don’t get access to any of the user’s personal information.
- And, they don’t sell any data to third parties as well.
- The user data is also not transferred to Russia even the core R&D department of the app is located there.
Thus, the FaceApp team completely denies all the claims and provides the whole clarification about privacy concerns. So, you can go for the app without any worries.
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