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Should We Be Worried About Apps Like FaceApp?

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Today, it’s hard to achieve complete online anonymity. From apps on your phone to social media platforms, you’ve more than likely already given out personal information to companies around the world without even thinking about it. A lot of the time when you agree to terms on certain applications and websites, you’re agreeing to willingly give out your personal information, access to photos and videos on your phone and access to your personal messages.

Though these permissions can be found in most apps today, there is a new app that has made its way into the mainstream online culture. FaceApp, a mobile application that uses artificial intelligence to generate highly realistic transformations of faces in photographs, has found its way onto millions of smartphones across the nation.

It might sound like just fun and games, but should you be worried about apps like these further exploiting your personal data? Cybersecurity companies advise you to be aware of what you’re agreeing to when it comes to anything online, but here is what you should know about apps like FaceApp.

You’re Giving FaceApp the Right to Use Your Likeliness

One major concern that cybersecurity companies have with people using FaceApp is the fact that the company can use your photos in any way that they want. In FaceApps terms and conditions, section five, otherwise labeled as “user content”, you’ll find that the company clearly states that you grant FaceApp the right to use your photos, usernames and likeliness without any compensation to you.

However, it is worth noting that FaceApp says that it doesn’t sell the data it gathers to other companies and if you really want your data removed from their database, you can send them a request to do so.

You can see why cybersecurity companies advise you to be aware of what agreements you’re, well, agreeing to. Your online security is important, and you should definitely be wary of who you are giving your information away to.