There’s an app sweeping across the more gullible members of the human race; it’s called FaceApp.
FaceApp adds some processing to your self-photo, and shows you what you’re (probably) going to look like in 10, 20, 30 years.
Despite the name, FaceApp isn’t a Facebook utility, and can be used outside of the Facebook platform.
FaceApp is provided by a software company in St Petersburg, Russia. I’m sure they’re lovely, honest, trustworthy people.
In the Terms and Conditions of FaceApp, there are a few concepts that should give us all concern.
If you use it via Facebook it requires your Facebook login details, but even outside of Facebook it will:
- Receive your proper (full) name
- Copy your profile picture
- Take a copy of your photos (all of them)
- Accesses your email address
Additionally, FaceApp says it will share your data with its (unnamed) ‘affiliates’.
And, in using FaceApp, you grant the software provider (those nice people in Russia) a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free licence to use, to adapt, to publish, and to distribute your user content (photos, texts, etc) in all media formats.
So that’s lovely.
And I just saw someone (on Facebook) who said ‘It’s alright, I’ve deleted it now.’
Except they’ve still got all of the above information, data, and media from your phone. And it’s theirs to keep.