Is your identity safe with FaceApp?

FaceApp is constantly being warned of the security issues. Forbes said the application is accessing the photos and names of more than 150 million people.

Over the past few days, millions of photos have been edited via FaceApp which is appearing everywhere on social networks. FaceApp is a photo editing application that helps us create the older, younger or transgender look of ourselves. 

Our image, apart from being shared with friends, we also share with FaceApp. This app can change our faces, but we also give it some risky information that its developers want. 

More than 100 million people have downloaded FaceApp from Google Play. According to App Annie, this is also the most downloaded app on the App Store in 121 countries. 

When users accept the terms of use, FaceApp is allowed to freely and permanently use your facial identities. 

One of the terms of FaceApp is stated as follows: 

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. 

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Portraits of famous people after being "aged" by FaceApp. Photo: Getty Images. 

Your data will be on the Amazon server in the US, and the right to use the data will be decided by FaceApp. Although your names and portraits are not necessarily sent to Russian government agencies, this is still too risky, says Peter Kostadinov from PhoneArena website. 

“You might end up on a billboard somewhere in Moscow, but your face will most likely end up training some AI facial-recognition algorithm. The worst part is that this right is irrevocable, meaning you can’t just delete your profile from the app and the app itself and expect Wireless Lab to stop using your content as it sees fit," said Kosstadinov. 

Forbes also mentioned that security lessons from applications like Facebook show that data collected from users is not always used for purposes that we can ever anticipate. 

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‘Spider-Man’ Tom Holland’s old look processed by FaceApp. Photo: Getty Images. 

" To make FaceApp actually work, you have to give it permissions to access your photos. All of them. But it also gains access to Siri and Search, and it has access to refreshing in the background. So even when you are not using it, it is using you." Said Rob La Gesse, former manager of Rackspace cloud computing company. 

In addition, the collection and storage of user’s data of these applications is not always confidential, secure and private. 

When something is stored on cloud computing, the user has already lost the ability to control that piece of information whether they grant third parties the right to access or not. 

By: Chris Stewart

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