How Safe Is FaceApp?

Trending application, FaceApp which uses artificial intelligence to transform pictures of faces, making them look older or younger, male or female, or adding a smile to appear happier has made headlines once again.

This week the application blew up, and even celebrities such as Jonas Brothers, Drake and Dwayne Wade posted snaps of their older selves. Soon the application became the top free app in Apple’s App Store.

However on Wednesday privacy concerns about the app took headline with tag “Russians now own all your old photos.”

Moreover, the app’s terms of service raised some eyebrows, it states: “Grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sublicensable 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.”

The company is based out of St. Petersburg, Russia. It’s unknown what for the pictures may be used. In some rumours, users shared concerns that FaceApp could covertly harvest your entire smartphone camera roll.

However, positive analysts say just because the is based out of Russia it does not mean that its a government tool. Moreover, the company in a statement clarified that most images delete from their servers 48 hours from the upload date.

Source : Various