Shocking!! FaceApp Now Owns Access To More Than 150 Million People's Faces And Names
Everyone has been seeing their friends uploading older versions of themselves.The lure to replicate what friends has been doing has now turned more than 150 million poeple to download Face App.But here is the catch .Majority of people didn't know what they where doing while giving Face App the ultimate power to use their names for any purpose it wish,as long as it desires.
We didn't learn our lesson from Cambridge Analytica.
Close to 100,000 million people have downloaded the app fromGoogle Play. FaceApphas now turned as the top ranked app on the iOS App Store in 121 countries, according to App Annie.
According to FaceApp's terms of service people still own their own "user content" (read: face), the company owns a never-ending and irrevocable royalty-free license to do anything they want with it in front of whoever they wish.
This may not be dangerous and your likeness may stay on Amazon servers in America, as Forbes has determined , but they still has a license to do whatever they want with your identity. This doesn't mean that app's Russian parent company, Wireless Labs, will offer your face to the FSB, but it does have consequences, as PhoneArena's Peter Kostadinov says.
Whether that matters to you or not is your decision.
But what we have learned in the past few years about viral Facebook apps is that the data they collect is not always used for the purposes that we assume and can reach anywhere in anyone's hands.That data collected is not always stored securely, safely, privately and has the potential to be misused.
Once something is uploaded to the cloud, you've lost control whether or not you've given away legal license to your content. That's one reason why privacy-sensitive Apple is doing most of its AI work on-device.
And it's a good reason to be wary when any app wants access and a license to your digital content and/or identity.
The app doesn't have to be doing anything nefarious today to make you cautious about giving it that much access to your most personal computing device.