Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

A Big Warning to FaceApp Users Enjoying the Old Age Filter

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Lora Ball | 18 July, 2019, 07:44

However, he also said: "We don't have an answer in the how [photos are stored] but we can see that only the photo you are working on is uploaded to their servers". The app's makers says it uses artificial intelligence technology to edit the photos.

FaceApp is a free app that is available on both iPhone and Android.

FaceApp is now one of the most downloaded apps for both iOS and Android, as #faceappchallenge posts have taken over social media.

Is it just me or has everyone on social media aged like 40 years overnight?

According to TechCrunch, the app can not see your entire photo library unless you give it permission, even if you are still able to edit photos - at least on iOS.

But many users on social media have raised concerns surrounding privacy and facial recognition - do these concerns have any basis? More than a million users have downloaded the app from Google Play, and FaceApp is now the number-one app in the Apple Store's "Photo and Video" apps section.

He also claimed it remained unclear how long FaceApp retains a user's data or that data may be deleted after usage, which he called 'dark patterns'.

That's not all the photo-editing app offers: Users can add bangs, try out a different hair color, or add a different smile.

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Cowperthwaite thinks a version of those policies could come soon with California recently adopting a consumer protection law that borrows from about 75 per cent of the GDPR.

FaceApp was developed by a small team from St. Petersburg, Russia and has not updated its privacy policy since 2017, when the app previously went viral after criticism for what some considered to be racist filters that lightened users' skin tones. FaceApp does not explicitly tell users that the photos are being sent to the cloud.

The privacy page of the app does admit that they "may share User Content and your information with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies that FaceApp is". As founder and CEO Yaroslav Goncharov explained to TechCrunch, the "differentiator is photorealism". But this type of privacy policy isn't necessarily unusual, though it is definitely vague.

It also doesn't help that FaceApp doesn't exactly have the best track record.

The new online challenge, known as #AgeChallenge, is basically the opposite of Snapchat's filter-based "baby trend" from a few months ago. However, it was opposed by many when the app fully changed a user's ethnicity.

If anything, the latest controversy about the app's privacy practices is a sign that we might finally be starting to learn from Cambridge Analytica and so many other data privacy nightmares.

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