Along with the recently viral #Agechallange Twitter hashtag, FaceApp’s application is viral again. In the midst of the application’s popularity, issues emerged about the possible leakage of user privacy.
Concerns about privacy issues arise because FaceApp uploads photos of users to the cloud, without explaining to the users that the process does not happen locally in the phone.
How Does the AI Powered Edit Works?
According to FaceApp, most of the processing is needed to power the beautifying or aging effects are done in the cloud. The photos that are processed are also what the user chooses to edit.
So far, security test has not found proof of the application uploading the entire camera roll in the user’s phone. Although FaceApp may store photos selected by users to upload in the cloud for a short time.
Is it safe to continue using FaceApp?
Storage of photos in a short time is claimed for the sake of traffic and performance. For example, making sure users don’t upload the same photo repeatedly to make other edits.
“Most of the images were deleted from our server within 48 hours of the upload date,” FaceApp explained to Tech Crunch on Thursday (07/18/2019).
FaceApp also claimed that there were no data on users being transferred to Russia, even though their R&D team are based there. The storage and processing is done using a cloud based outside of Russia.
“We do not sell or share any user data with third parties,”
FaceApp also said users can manually request their data be deleted. Even though FaceApp doesn’t have a more direct or convenient way to do so.