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The Real Truth Behind FaceApp

A new fun tool has hit social media called FaceApp, which allows users to somehow travel ahead of time, to have an idea of how they will looking in their old ages.

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 photo filter uses AI to digitally age your face, has gone viral, with millions on social media sharing their sagging simulacrum, including celebs such as Drake, the Jonas Brothers and Kevin Hart.

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 The Trending FaceApp

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Celebrities have been using the App and making it even more trending.

As at the time of writing this article, the App has over 100 Million downloads and 1Million + reviews on Android play store.

“FaceApp” which has recently gone viral for its age filter, now owns access to more than 150 million people’s faces and names. According to their user agreement, the company owns a never-ending, irrevocable royalty-free license to do almost anything they wish with them.

The  App is actually one of the most downloaded across the globe. Fans on social media using the hashtag #faceappchallenge to share their results. The tool augments your face to look double or triple your current age —  with wrinkles, sagging and yellowed teeth — and also allows you to look younger, swap genders and try out a beard.

Need For Caution

So many Tech -Experts have warn against the use of FaceApp due to some loopholes within it terms and conditions.

Critics have cautioned that the app could collect more than just the photos that are uploaded. According to the policy, FaceApp “cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to FaceApp or guarantee that information on the service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.”

UK-based Digitas strategist James Whatley said on Twitter, “You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable… royalty-free… license to use, adapt, publish, distribute your user content… in all media formats… when you post or otherwise share.”

Eventually, technology expert Steve Sammartino believes, your face will also be used to access even more critical private information, such as banking credentials.

“Your face is now a form of copyright where you need to be really careful who you give permission to access your biometric data,” he tells journalist Ben Fordham. “If you start using that willy-nilly, in the future when we’re using our face to access things, like our money and credit cards, then what we’ve done is we’ve handed the keys to others.”

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The real Truth you should know About FaceApp

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I decided to try out the App, I realized old age wont be good on me.

According to a Post by Geoffrey Fowler of Washington Post. He raised five questions you ought to ask about any app or service, including FaceApp, that wants something as personal as your face.

1. What data do they take?

FaceApp uploads and processes our photos in the cloud, Goncharov said, but the app will “only upload a photo selected by a user for editing.” The rest of your camera roll stays on your phone. You can also use FaceApp without giving it your name or email — and 99 percent of users do just that, he said.

2. How long do they hold on my data?

The app’s terms of service grant it a “perpetual” license to our photos. Goncharov said FaceApp deletes “most” of the photos from its servers after 48 hours.

3. What are they doing with my data?

Is FaceApp using our faces and the maps it makes of them for anything other than the express purpose of the app, such as running facial identification on us? “No,” Goncharov said. Legally, though, the app’s terms give it — and whoever might buy it or work with it in the future — the right to do whatever it wants, through an “irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferrable sub-licensable license.” (Clear as mud?)

4. Who has access to my data?

Do government authorities in Russia have access to our photos? “No,” Goncharov said. FaceApp’s engineers are based in Russia, so our data is not transferred there. He said the company also doesn’t “sell or share any user data with any third parties” — aside, I pointed out, from what it shares with trackers from Facebook and AdMob. (Another exception: Users in Russia may have their data stored in Russia.)

5. How can I delete my data?

Just deleting the app won’t get rid of the photos FaceApp may have in the cloud. Goncharov said people can put in a request to delete all data from FaceApp’s servers, but the process is convoluted. “For the fastest processing, we recommend sending the requests from the FaceApp mobile app using ‘Settings->Support->Report a bug’ with the word ‘privacy’ in the subject line. We are working on the better UI [user interface] for that,” he said.

Why not post this information to FaceApp’s website, beyond the legalese? “We are planning to make some improvements,” Goncharov said.

With this information we can say we know more about FaceApp than the experts are assuming.

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