There is a good chance that you will see it on your timeline: friends who look decades older in photos. The FaceApp, which ages people in photos, is a hype. But there are privacy risks to FaceApp, experts warn.
“The app processes an enormous amount of data,” says lawyer Charlotte Meindersma, specialized in the field of social media. “I wouldn’t use it.”
The app’s privacy agreement states that your information is not shared with third parties. But that is not clear enough according to Meindersma. For example, it says that the information can be shared with ‘affiliates’. “They claim they don’t sell your data. But they can get around that by calling other companies affiliates.”
FaceApp was developed by the Russian company Wireless Lab. Therefore, according to Meindersma, you are not protected by the General Data Protection Regulation, European legislation on how your data may be used. “You are actually giving your data to Russia.”
Internationally the app has become a hype again. FaceApp is again the talk of the day in the Netherlands. The hype is reinforced by celebrities who age themselves with the app. Have you tried it yet? If you didn’t get to it two years ago, now is a great time to try it out. You can download the app on iOS or Android via this link!