FaceApp users warned to avoid app since its made by Russians

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While thousands of people are enjoying the new trending app called “FaceApp“, experts have warned its users to be careful. As the mobile app is developed by a Russian company, experts in the US are having trouble trusting the app since it has violated the privacy of its users.

As users try to edit their pictures to look old on the app, many of them have no idea that the pictures are actually uploaded onto a server that is managed by the Russian company.

Therefore, this means that the images are not edited on the local device but are edited on the cloud servers operated by the Russian company.

Tweets made by experts regarding FaceApp is run a Russian company

Below are some tweets shared by developers and experts regarding the FaceApp mobile application.

The privacy policy on the FaceApp website does raise a lot of questions regarding users data being shared with “affiliates and third-party organizations”.

Since many people raised questions on its privacy policy, the company released the following statements regarding their app:

We are receiving a lot of inquiries regarding our privacy policy and therefore, would like to provide a few points that explain the basics:

1. 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.

2. We might store an uploaded photo in the cloud. The main reason for that is performance and traffic: we want to make sure that the user doesn’t upload the photo repeatedly for every edit operation. Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date.

3. We accept requests from users for removing all their data from our servers. Our support team is currently overloaded, but these requests have our priority. For the fastest processing, we recommend sending the requests from the FaceApp mobile app using “Settings->Support->Report a bug” with the word “privacy” in the subject line. We are working on the better UI for that.

4. All FaceApp features are available without logging in, and you can log in only from the settings screen. As a result, 99% of users don’t log in; therefore, we don’t have access to any data that could identify a person.

5. We don’t sell or share any user data with any third parties.

6. Even though the core R&D team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia.

Additionally, we’d like to comment on one of the most common concerns: all pictures from the gallery are uploaded to our servers after a user grants access to the photos (for example, https://twitter.com/joshuanozzi/status/1150961777548701696). We don’t do that. We upload only a photo selected for editing. You can quickly check this with any of network sniffing tools available on the internet.

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