Over the last week you might’ve noticed more and more photos of elderly people on social media.
This is thanks to the resurgence in popularity of FaceApp.
The return to popularity is thanks to a new filter which uses artificial intelligence to age the photo of the user. From what we’ve seen the filter is rather good although it doesn’t cope all that well with beards.
This coupled with rumours that FaceApp is uploading your entire camera roll to its servers stoked fears even further.
“We may share User Content and your information (including but not limited to, information from cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data, and usage data) with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies that FaceApp is part of, or that become part of that group (“Affiliates”),” reads the policy.
But what about concerns that FaceApp is swiping your entire camera roll? The developers issued a statement to TechCrunch addressing exactly that.
“FaceApp performs most of the photo processing in the cloud. We only upload a photo selected by a user for editing. We never transfer any other images from the phone to the cloud,” said the developers.
“We might store an uploaded photo in the cloud. The main reason for that is performance and traffic: we want to make sure that the user doesn’t upload the photo repeatedly for every edit operation. Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date.”
Despite addressing the concerns, that doesn’t seem to have been enough for US senator Chuck Schumer who has reportedly asked the FBI and FTC to conduct a federal national security and privacy investigation into FaceApp.