Privacy concerns over latest app craze, FaceApp

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Faceapp, the photo editing app that went viral in 2017, is back with a new and improved old-age filter that's extremely realistic. "We only upload a photo selected by a user for editing", he said, adding that they can not access any other photos in the phone.

Meanwhile, FaceApp is now the top trending free app on the iTunes App Store. "Most things in life are easier if people around you are doing it, especially for something like an app".

"I'm always looking for privacy concerns", said Strafach, who used a network analyzer tool to track what was happening. The app was originally created in St. Petersberg and after some research, it was deemed that by uploading photos to FaceApp, Russia may be getting access to your identity and personal information.

The statement also clarifies that most of the photo processing is done in the cloud and only photos selected for editing are uploaded to the cloud, rather than all of the photos on a user's phone, as some had feared.

"They speculate that the data that they collect as you use their services will be useful to some party at some time in the future", said Whitson.

Users grant FaceApp license right to use their aforementioned data in perpetuity.

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Data is not transferred to Russian Federation, and users can also request to have all their data deleted though the support team is now overloaded, he said. You have given them access to your information.

FaceApp also said that it accepts requests from users to remove all data from their servers.

Earlier this year, NBC reported that Ever, a popular photo storage app, was using its users' photos to train facial recognition software it then sold to law enforcement. "If you are located in the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from USA law, please note that we may transfer information, including personal information, to a country and jurisdiction that does not have the same data protection laws as your jurisdiction". It is, however, important to note here that FaceApp is hardly the first app to have terms and conditions like this as such language can often be found in other social media apps and websites. Others may not care, but at least they should be aware.

"Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date", FaceApp said in the statement.

Experts recommend consumers stick with apps from developers you trust and also to read the fine print. "The app, which initially became famous for its features that let users edit images to look older or younger, or add a smile, launched the new filters around midday on Wednesday".

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