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.
#FaceApp is violating the privacy of its users; API, keeping phone on, network access, recieve data and google configuration. It's a clear mission to collect as much data as possible. The new thing is this app not from US it's Russian app. So they try to get ahead of data race!!! pic.twitter.com/u9TBWhBtuq
— Abdullah Bin Saud (@Abodnz) July 15, 2019
#faceapp permissions and terms states that you give them the right to keep all your data they extract….indefinitely. It also says if they are bought out, all data will go to buyer. Your face…linked to all kinds of data….to the highest bidder. The seller = Russian
— MelissaBasinger (@redmeld) July 17, 2019
PSA: TikTok is Chinese and FaceApp is Russian. Safe to assume those governments can readily access your data if you use these apps.
— David Carroll ? (@profcarroll) July 17, 2019
Conspiracy: Russian Intelligence Gathering – FaceApp.
Hear me out. Everyone has been doing this FaceApp 50 year challenge. It's fun, but it's also really accurate! The app must be scanning the face to the little details.1/6
— ★ ????? ★ (@ElyasTalks) July 16, 2019
Btw you all know FaceApp is a Russian company, right?
Just making sure.
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) July 17, 2019
#FaceApp owned and coded by a Russian company harvesting your biometrics 1 year before the general election. It also over collects photos you haven't given it permission to. #iOS 11 allows this.#infosec #nationalsecurity #apps #mobile https://t.co/g1Lhn8Ufq5
— Sarah Ramsingh (@SarahRamsingh) July 17, 2019
Everyone after learning FaceApp is Russian owned. pic.twitter.com/3ExquazsWv
— Gail Osborne?? (@gkosborne) July 17, 2019
Russian guy snagging all our personal info through FaceApp but at least yesterday was fun pic.twitter.com/AhC1y9y0OK
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) July 17, 2019
— Gabriel Méndez (@gmendezphoto) July 16, 2019
Can people please stop using Faceapp. It has a horrendous privacy record. If you have personal details, work emails, access to work social/email accounts on your phone – I would delete it straight away and hope it hasn't all been leaked out. #ZeroPrivacyPolicy #FaceApp
— Enda Conway (@EndaConway) July 16, 2019
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.