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Friday, July 19, 2019

3 Reasons Why Using FaceApp Could be Dangerous

Could the Face Changing App Pose a Security Threat?




FaceApp is now viral with a big feature that makes users look older. It's fun for people to see themselves looking old by FaceApp whcih can be downloaded from Google PlayStore or Apple’s App Store. Experts however warn that this FaceApp could be dangerous to use and could have many cybersecurity implications.

FaceApp, made by a Wireless Lab, a small company based in Russia, is a smartphone app by which users can apply filters onto selfies from one of their pictures from the picture gallery. As per Faceapp terms and conditions, your photos could be used in ways you never imagined. We all have the habit of never reading those lengthy written Terms and the only thing we do is click on Agree.

Robert Siciliano, security awareness expert at Safr.Me.said “Consumers just think it’s fun and share the pics blindly with their friends onto social media platforms Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, but people fail to think that this app could pose serious threat to their privacy as they have your data.”

Earlier FaceApp gain popularity for features that make people look like another gender or lighten their skin tone. They can make female version from pictures of a male or vice-versa. Now the FaceApp's new ageing filter has made world crazy. Celebrities posting their selfies edited with FaceApp is one of the reasons for its so much popularity.

Let's know the 3 Reasons Why Using FaceApp Could be Dangerous:

1. FaceApp’s privacy policy states its affiliates and service providers “may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world.” This means that FaceApp owns images uploaded to its servers and they can use them the way they wants. It can be said that your photograph could be used in a billboard anywhere you are not even aware of. This FaceApp app is made in Russia, the country accused of interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

2. There is no explanation in the company’s privacy policy that how it safeguards user content stored on its servers. The FaceApp however claims that any data collected is aggregated so that it cannot be used to identify any particular individual User. But there is a mandatory clause which you have to agree when you first download and use the FaceApp, it means you can't take any legal actions against FaceApp as you yourself have given the right to access pictures and use it anywhere the app wants. When you upload and allow FaceApp to use your pictures, it means you are uploading your pictures to their own servers. Your photographs could be used for facial recognition technology.


3. FaceApp has now access to more than 150 Million People's Faces And Names. Data these apps collect is not always used for the purposes that we might assume. Moreover, the data is not always stored securely, safely, privately. This is what is written in the FaceApp Terms: “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. When you post or otherwise share User Content on or through our Services, you understand that your User Content and any associated information (such as your [username], location or profile photo) will be visible to the public.” After you have uploaded your photos and selfies on the FaceApp servers, you’ve lost all rights. US Regulators have asked the FBI and the FTC for conducting a federal national security & privacy investigation for FaceApp.

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