FaceApp is all the rage but is it safe?
FaceApp, the application which got fame in 2018 for its gender swap feature has taken the internet by storm yet again by its age transformation feature; a feature which allows you to know how you would look 30 years from now.
The trend is going viral all over the internet and people from all around the globe are posting their version of #FaceApp pictures.
Influenced from the trend, many people have downloaded the application instantly without reading the terms and conditions. Well, you all might be thinking that no ones read such long paragraphs just to download an application, right? But do you know that your personal information can be leaked by accepting the terms without reading them?
To be precise, when you download 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)
“You grant FaceApp consent to use the User Content, regardless of whether it includes an individual’s name, likeness, voice or persona, sufficient to indicate the individual’s identity. By using the Services, you agree that the User Content may be used for commercial purposes. You further acknowledge that FaceApp’s use of the User Content for commercial purposes will not result in any injury to you or to any person you authorized to act on its behalf. You acknowledge that some of the Services are supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions, and you hereby agree that FaceApp may place such advertising and promotions on the Services or on, about, or in conjunction with your User Content. The manner, mode and extent of such advertising and promotions are subject to change without specific notice to you. You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.”
Earlier today, a bot revised the Wikipedia page and changed its ownership from “China” to “Russia.” So, things may not be a s simple as they seem.
Technology comes with a lot of pros and cons and before we jump onto the bandwagon it is always good to know the possible consequences of it. Better safe than sorry, as they say!