What are the symptoms
Users have noticed that the agreement FaceApp is written that the application has the right to use photographs, information about the location and the excellent person for their own purposes, including commercial.
If you use #FaceApp you are giving them a license to use your photos, your name, your username, and your likeness for any purpose including commercial purposes (like on a billboard or internet ad) — see their Terms: https://t.co/e0sTgzowoN pic.twitter.com/XzYxRdXZ9q
— Elizabeth Potts Weinstein (@ElizabethPW) July 17, 2019.
“If you are using FaceApp, you give them license to use your photos, user name and entity for any purpose, including commercial (for example, on a Billboard or online advertising) — see the agreement”
Others went further and suggested that times FaceApp handles photos in the cloud, the application can upload all the photos from your smartphone and sell the database to commercial and state projects for recognition.
Users also noticed that FaceApp uses photos from your device even in those cases where the owner has banned the app access to your photo albums.
Re: FaceApp, can’t speak to it “uploading” photos but the app is definitely able to access my library even though I have Photos permission set to “never” 🤔 pic.twitter.com/jDMkqu5nML
— Karissa Bell (@karissabe) July 16, 2019.
“I don’t know if it uploads photos, but I can say that the app has access to my gallery, though I’m banned”
Additional concern was the fact that the developers FaceApp the Russians.
FaceApp, the application that predicts what people who upload their pictures on it will look like in their old age, is owned by a Russian company, Wireless Lab. Using it gives them the permission to access and use all the pictures in your gallery.
— Information Depot (@InformationDepo) July 17, 2019.
“FaceApp belongs to the Russian company’s Wireless Lab. Using their app, you give them the right to use the images in your gallery”.
What the experts say
CEO of Guardian antivirus for iOS will Strapac wrote on Twitter that contrary to fears FaceApp does not upload the entire photo library user himself to the server.
using a network traffic analyzer, I tried to replicate the thing people are talking about with FaceApp allegedly uploading your full camera roll to remote servers, but I did not see the reported activity occur. here is marlo stanfiekd with a beard though pic.twitter.com/6wy8cHLNuA
— Will Strafach (@chronic) July 17, 2019.
“Using the tool for network traffic analysis I tried to discover whether FaceApp uploads all your photos to remote servers, but not spotted such activity”
Specialist on cyber security Jane Wong wrote that he had studied the code FaceApp and found “nothing particularly suspicious.”
I am not seeing much fishy in FaceApp Photos are uploaded to FaceApp’s servers on AWS w/ authorization. Not much info is being sent to FaceApp”s servers other than the user metrics (e. g. ui interactions) I just wish there’s an option for users to delete their photos from the server
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) July 17, 2019.
“Photos uploaded to the servers FaceApp on Amazon’s cloud service authorization. There goes not so much information, mostly custom metrics. The only thing was I wish users had the ability to delete photos from the server”.
She noted that FaceApp is likely to handle photos on the server so that competitors find it difficult to access the application code.
As writes TechCrunch, that FaceApp can open a photo, even if the user is forbidden access to them, too, is not surprising, because such a possibility is in iOS 11. The system gives an application access to only one user-selected photos, the rest are not.
What they say in FaceApp
In FaceApp recognize that handle photos in the cloud, but deny that the download the entire user gallery. The company said that within 48 hours removed from server “most images”.
In addition, the company assured that it will not sell user data to third parties or transferring them to Russia. FaceApp the full statement can be read here.
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