Tech

Viral Phone Application FaceApp Now Has Access to All Your Selfies, Photo Library and Search History

More than just an app that ages you a few years.

By
19,688 Hypes

Viral Phone Application FaceApp Now Has Access to All Your Selfies, Photo Library and Search History

More than just an app that ages you a few years.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the phone application FaceApp has gone viral. The app offers photo filters that give users the ability to change their facial expressions, hairstyle, hair color, age and more. The #FaceAppChallenge has been trending, encouraging users to post selfies of how they will look after they have aged several years. While the app has been available since 2017, it has just recently hit the top ranks of iOS App Store and Google Play.

The app has been seemingly fun and innocent but upon a closer look at the terms of service, users may be giving more access to their photos and information than they realize. When using the app, users still own their content, but by agreeing to the company’s terms, you are essentially allowing FaceApp and its Russian parent company, Wireless Labs, free reign and unlimited, royalty-free license to do anything they want with your images. Take a look at a section the terms of service below:

You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you. When you post or otherwise share User Content on or through our Services, you understand that your User Content and any associated information (such as your [username], location or profile photo) will be visible to the public.

According to Forbes, it might not be harmful, but it also might mean that our photos could be used in ways that we didn’t intend, especially if the information isn’t being stored safely. Currently, the app hasn’t done anything suspicious or negative, but former Rackspace cloud computing service manager Rob La Gesse pointed out that in order to use FaceApp, you need to give access to not only your selfie camera but your entire photo library and search history. The app also refreshes in the background on its own, so it’s still working even when you’re not using it.

Whether this is important to you or not, it’s encouraged to use apps that allow so much access to your information with caution. For more tech news, take a look a Apple’s latest iPod Touch.

Read Full Article
Share this article

What to Read Next

You Can Now Search for Songs by Lyrics on Spotify
Music

You Can Now Search for Songs by Lyrics on Spotify

You know that song that goes, “Certified freak, seven days a week…”
1,345 Hypes

Hum to Search for a Song Stuck in Your Head With Google's New Feature
Tech

Hum to Search for a Song Stuck in Your Head With Google's New Feature

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be 100% in tune.
1,787 Hypes

Colgate's Pastel-Colored Electric Toothbrush Guides You to Brush Your Teeth Better
Health

Colgate's Pastel-Colored Electric Toothbrush Guides You to Brush Your Teeth Better

Connect it to your Apple Health app to track your personal dental data.
6,842 Hypes


These Are the Best Health and Fitness Tech Gadgets to Add to Your Daily Life
Health 

These Are the Best Health and Fitness Tech Gadgets to Add to Your Daily Life

Including devices that help you relax and achieve deep sleep.
17,358 Hypes


The Vans Bold Ni Just Got a Red and Green Tartan Makeover
Footwear

The Vans Bold Ni Just Got a Red and Green Tartan Makeover

’90s punk is back.
1,350 Hypes

WARDROBE.NYC's Release 04 Denim Features a Collaboration with Levi's
Fashion

WARDROBE.NYC's Release 04 Denim Features a Collaboration with Levi's

Essentials for every minimalist’s closet.
1,955 Hypes


The First Drop of Glossier's Official "GlossiWEAR" Merch Includes Slides, Available Now
Fashion

The First Drop of Glossier's Official "GlossiWEAR" Merch Includes Slides, Available Now

Also including a duffel bag, hair clips and more.
2,873 Hypes

Billie Eilish Models MCM's New, Genderless FW19 Campaign
Fashion

Billie Eilish Models MCM's New, Genderless FW19 Campaign

Highlighting Billie’s signature style.
8,003 Hypes


A Style Guide for Nike’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Collabs With AMBUSH, Marine Serre and More
Fashion 

A Style Guide for Nike’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Collabs With AMBUSH, Marine Serre and More

A total of four partnerships also including KOCHÉ and MadeMe.
4,237 Hypes

With Instagram Engagement at All-Time Low, Have Influencers Stopped Influencing?
Culture

With Instagram Engagement at All-Time Low, Have Influencers Stopped Influencing?

According to a recent report by InfluencerDB.
1,954 Hypes

Treat Yourself to Gucci's Lavish White Leather "GG" Slides
Footwear

Treat Yourself to Gucci's Lavish White Leather "GG" Slides

Arriving with sleek gold detailing.
8,512 Hypes

More ▾