FaceApp Is Fun And All But Its Terms And Conditions Ring Alarm Bells
While FaceApp has brought us untold amounts of joy, people are warning about the app's impact on your privacy and security.
The app, which first came out in 2017, saw a resurgence this week since an update allowed user to give themselves more realistic old age makeovers. Soon, users and celebs alike were taking part in the #faceappchallenge with hilarious results.
But warnings have been flooding in about the app's terms and conditions, which when accepted, allow developers to access, store and edit photos from your camera roll and take your data without your permission.
When a user submits a photo to be digitally altered, it becomes the property of FaceApp. It's not clear exactly what happens to your photo when you give it up, but as per the app's Ts and Cs, it could be used for anything such as advertising other forms of marketing, and there's nothing you can say about it.
The crucial part reads: "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."
Further concerns came when it was pointed out the app is developed by Russian company, Wireless Lab, and is registered to a business address in St Petersberg, with some calling it "terrifying".
While we're sure this isn't some evil plot by the Russians as some are suggesting, but it's still worth taking note if you don't want your data to be handed over to someone else to do as they please with it.
There's a lesson in always reading the terms and conditions, even if it's just a glance over...
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