Does FaceApp collect data your data and sell it to Russian government?
Does FaceApp collect & Sell your data to Russian government?
Does they have access in your entire directory in your phone?
Tech companies certainly deserve criticism for their data privacy practices, but so do we.
In early 2017, a service called Face App received a wave of press for using artificial intelligence to transform pictures of faces, making them look older or younger, male or female, or adding a smile to appear happier.
Enough people rushed to download the app and see their own selfies turn gray that Face App is currently the top free app in Apple’s App Store.
By Wednesday morning, however, there were growing privacy concerns about the app. As one breathless headline in a New York tabloid put it:
“Russians now own all your old photos.”
The fears came from stitching together scary sounding but unfortunately not uncommon wording in the app’s terms of service with an unverified — and now deleted — claim from a developer on Twitter about the app “uploading all your photos” and the simple fact that the company is based in St. Petersburg, Russia.
When you download the program, it asks for permission to access your photos, send you notifications, and activate your camera. We’re so used to this process of clicking through permission roadblocks that it’s easy to become numb to it. Granting access to our photo library is, in some ways, the new clicking blindly to agree that we’ve ready the iTunes terms of service agreement. We’re not entirely sure what we’re getting into, but there’s fun on the other side of that dialog box and we want to hurry up and get to it.
when you share, post, or upload content that is covered by intellectual property rights (like photos or videos) on or in connection with our Products, you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, and worldwide license to host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, publicly perform or display, translate, and create derivative works of your content.”
“If you share a photo on Facebook, you give us permission to store, copy, and share it with others,” Facebook says in its own terms of service.
Again, Facebook leaves out the “commercial” aspect of it, which is an upgrade from FaceApp’s agreement, but you’re still giving the company a generous license.
So What About Now,
Do i have to use FaceeApp ?