By now you know someone who has shared a photo that has been altered by making them look older. This was done with an image altering app called, “FaceApp”.
While we use apps all the time on our phones and loads of data is shared with them, a warning has been issued because of where this app was made, Russia.
FaceApp was built in 2017 and is ran by a Russian developer. The app uses artificial intelligence that allows people to see how they would look with different hair color, eye color, as a different gender, or even as an old person.
According to The Independent:
When users submit a photo to the app to change how it looks, it makes its way onto FaceApp’s servers. And it is not entirely clear what is happening when it does. FaceApp has to select and upload the users’ photo to ensure that it can be altered. The changes use FaceApp’s artificial intelligence tools, which run on its servers, and so the photo must make be given over to the app.
Where it gets sketchy is in the apps Terms of service. Not only is it run by a Russian company but they can do whatever they want with your photo.
The terms give the app the ability to use those photos in just about any way, without giving anything back to the users who first created them, the app makes clear.
“You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you.”
Users have sent posts to let other people know about their concerns with privacy.
The Verge reports:
Lawyer Elizabeth Potts Weinstein also says the policy isn’t GDPR-compliant. Still, while this isn’t great, users often agree to wide-ranging policies that specifically use abstract language (a great way to avoid a lawsuit!). And they have no say in the matter; either they use the service or they don’t. FaceApp says it doesn’t sell user data to third parties.
So should you be using this app?
If you have concerns about your privacy, don’t use it. If you really don’t care what happens with your pictures then go right on and share those photos.