Over the past few days, the Internet has gone ballistic over a viral Russian app called ‘FaceApp’ which uses artificial intelligence to create images of how users would look at different ages.
According to the terms and conditions, users agree that they “grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide” license to “use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute and display your user content”.
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In other words, FaceApp can do whatever it wants with your selfie. However, this isn’t the first app to do so.
By sharing an image on Facebook, you are also giving the social media giant the permission to “store, copy, and share it with others.”
Despite claims that the app can access all your images, FaceApp’s CEO Yaroslav Goncharov told The Guardian that only a single picture selected by the user can be uploaded, and that they do not harvest a user’s entire photo library. This claim has been backed by security researchers.
He added, “FaceApp performs most of the photo processing in the cloud. We only upload a photo selected by a user for editing. We never transfer any other images from the phone to the cloud.
“Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date.”
However, with an increase in facial recognition, it’s recommended users be wary of these apps.