Okay, we've given FaceApp millions of anonymous photos of faces, and now what?

FaceApp has become one of the fashion applications in recent days, despite having raised doubts about how it treats your data , since its users are giving photos of their face to a Russian company . Even some politicians in the United States are asking the FBI to investigate FaceApp for its link with Russia . However, the worst thing is not the app itself, it is its false and insecure clones and the uncertainty about what the company does with the photographs .

Developed by the Russian company Wireless Lab, FaceApp already has more than 150 million downloads worldwide, despite existing for more than two years, at which time it was also accused of racism because of its altering filters the race. Currently, the application is immersed in a new controversy due to its dubious privacy policy , since its use offers the Russian company a large amount of personal data of users .

For example, their faces are stored on the servers and in the database of that company, where currently more than 150 million faces of users who have downloaded the application are processed . In addition, the terms and conditions page also details that FaceApp can extract more information from phones , such as how it interacts with them. The application is even granted the right to do virtually anything they want .

FaceApp has become one of the most viral apps

FaceApp could do several things with user data, although for the moment it is ruled out that all data will be extracted by the government for spying on “back doors” or to process the photographs of the faces on their servers. FaceApp also maintains that the company only retains the uploaded photos, and that “most of the images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours after the upload date,” said CEO Yaroslav Goncharov on BBC .

Goncharov also assured that user data will not be shared with third parties , although nothing prevents the company from using the information for commercial purposes in the future , since users give the “perpetual” rights to use their data when they feel like it. Data that could also be used to improve facial recognition technology and to “develop and test new products and functions.” Even the app itself makes it clear that targeted advertising is one of its objectives.

At the moment the application does not seem as dangerous as it seemed, although that does not mean that it is safe and already enters each user if you want to give your personal data to the company responsible for FaceApp. If the app uses your data, legally there is little you can do , so it is a good warning for users to read the small print of each application that is downloaded to their smartphone.

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