Like others of its ilk, the photo editing app uploads your photo to the cloud where it is manipulated.
The FaceApp #AgeChallenge, also tagged as the #FaceAppChallenge, involves using FaceApp to augment your own or someone else's face to look old. But it's making headlines again because the app has gotten good - like, eerily good - at showing users what they'll look like when they age.
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He tweeted: "BE CAREFUL WITH FACEAPP - the face aging fad app". "User Content removed from the Services may continue to be stored by FaceApp, including, without limitation, in order to comply with certain legal obligations". "FaceApp, its Affiliates, or 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".
So how exactly does the FaceApp pose security risks? When a user taps a photo in their library that they want FaceApp to work its age magic on, the app actually uploads that photo to FaceApp's servers in Russian Federation (where the company that makes the app is located) and the age effects are crunched by the AI there, off your device.
It is suggested that FaceApp has two primary issues related to privacy and app permission, which we all should know about. A few months later, the app sparked even more outrage when it unveiled a series of "ethnicity change" filters. Yes, the viral app of the moment might be irresistible, but there are reasons to think twice before giving up access to your information.