FaceApp is rapidly trending among users.
But it might have privacy concerns too.
On Social Network websites, everyone started uploading their Old look photos by using an Age feature in photo editing app FaceApp.
FaceApp is a mobile application for iOS and Android. Its is developed by Russian company Wireless Lab which uses neural network technology to automatically generate highly realistic transformations of faces in photographs. The app can transform a face to make it smile, look younger, look older, or change gender.
But does it have User Privacy Threat in Real ?
The company said, they have deleted the image data from its server.
On 15 July App developer Joshua Nozzi, said earlier that,
BE CAREFUL WITH FACEAPP- the face aging fad app. It immediately upload your photos without asking, whether you chose one or not.
But later he apologized of his post and said, “I was Wrong on the Internet when i raised alarm over FaceApp.”
— Joshua Nozzi, Accused Russian Agent (@JoshuaNozzi) July 17, 2019
What about FaceApp terms
“You grant FaceApp consent to use the User Content, regardless of whether it includes an individual’s name, likeness, voice or persona, sufficient to indicate the individual’s identity. By using the Services, you agree that the User Content may be used for commercial purposes. You further acknowledge that FaceApp’s use of the User Content for commercial purposes will not result in any injury to you or to any person you authorized to act on its behalf.”
“You acknowledge that some of the Services are supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions, and you hereby agree that FaceApp may place such advertising and promotions on the Services or on, about, or in conjunction with your User Content. The manner, mode and extent of such advertising and promotions are subject to change without specific notice to you.”
According to the Guardian,
“We are aware of stories raising concerns about FaceApp and will be considering them,” a spokesperson for the information watchdog said on Thursday. “We would advise people signing up to any app to check what will happen to their personal information and not to provide any personal details until they are clear about how they will be used.”
FaceApp’s chief executive, Yaroslav Goncharov, said it did not sell or share any user data with any third parties.
“FaceApp performs most of the photo processing in the cloud,” Goncharov said. “We only upload a photo selected by a user for editing. We never transfer any other images from the phone to the cloud.
“We might store an uploaded photo in the cloud. The main reason for that is performance and traffic: we want to make sure that the user doesn’t upload the photo repeatedly for every edit operation. Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date.”
Goncharov said the company accepted requests from users to remove all their data from its servers.
The Democratic National Committe sent a secuurity alert to 2020 presidential campaigns Wednesday afternoon warning them not to use the popular smartphone application FaceApp, CNN reported.
This app allows users to perform different transformations on photos of people, such as aging the person in the picture. Unfortunately, this novelty is not without risk: FaceApp was developed by Russians,” the alert from Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief security officer, read.
FaceApp told CNBC on Wednesday that it only uploads the photo selected for editing and that it does not upload any other images in your library. It said most images are deleted from its servers within 48 hours. It also said that while the company’s R&D team is located in Russia, it doesn’t transfer user data to Russia.
Many of users are on talking about FaceApp on Twitter
That Faceapp face-aging thing?
-Requires your Facebook login
-receives your name, profile picture, photos and email address via FB
-The company is based in St. Petersburg, Russia 1/3
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) July 17, 2019
Most of the news sources have mentioned that this app has privacy threat but there might not be any such issue so users can use this on their own experience.
But we should also consider that Facebook has said the same thing that it won’t use any of our personal information for any commercial purposes but they have used it for their benefits through Cambridge Analytic Scandal so we must be aware of such things in advance.