Back in January/February 2017 Wireless Lab created FaceApp and it was launched with multiple features that allows you to alter a picture of yourself. One of this feature was to artificially make a picture of yourself look much older.
The press in the tech world had a filled day with this service and it evaporated from the hearts and minds of techies for some time.
Now its back again making the news thanks to a lot of celebrities such as Miami Basketball super star Dwayne Wade, Toronto Rapper Drake among others using it to show what they would look like older. This has spread across the twittersphere.
With the excitement nearly over and everyone beginning to go back to their own little dwelling on the corners of the internet.
The united states Government has raised concerns about the App’s privacy terms and conditions. We know this App was developed by a Russian company so naturally this will raise eyebrows within the United States cyber security service.
This concern has spilled into social media and the press (us) have gotten a hold of the nitty gritty of the terms of services.
Some of the verbiage in the terms and conditions do not sit well with most who take the time to read through it.
For example the terms and conditions stresses that the Russian company, uploads users photos to the cloud — without making it clear to them that processing is done in the cloud rather than locally on a device.
An issues raised against FaceApp was that the if users did not turn on their access photos settings on their iOS device, FaceApp has the ability to override that settings and access their photos but only the ones the user clicks on.
They (Wireless Lab) claim they do not share or store your digital photographs and they delete all the photos 48 hours after uploading to their servers.
Hitvibz research found out that thought Wireless Lab is a Russian company, – It’s servers are hosted in America thereby most of the photos it collects through access permission from the users are sent to the United States servers via Google cloud and Amazon web services.
You give away your privacy the minute you download the app and use it.
It is funny people are complaining about the app via Facebook and Facebook is the number privacy breaches.
Wireless Lab CEO and founder released a statement:
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, . 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.
The FDI has been introduced to investigate FaceApp other countries cyber security departments have also expressed concerns.