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Viral App FaceApp Now Owns Access To More Than 150 Million People's Faces And Names

 
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07/18/2019 11:36 AM
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Viral App FaceApp Now Owns Access To More Than 150 Million People's Faces And Names
Everyone's seen them: friends posting pictures of themselves now, and years in the future.

Viral app FaceApp has been giving people the power to change their facial expressions, looks, and now age for several years. But at the same time, people have been giving FaceApp the power to use their pictures — and names — for any purpose it wishes, for as long as it desires.


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.

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It's on Forbes. I don't think I can post the link here.
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07/18/2019 05:41 PM
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Re: Viral App FaceApp Now Owns Access To More Than 150 Million People's Faces And Names
FACEAPP IS A viral lark that takes a convincing guess at what you’ll look like when you’re old. FaceApp is also the product of a Russian company that sends photos from your device to its servers, retains rights to use them in perpetuity, and performs artificial intelligence black magic on them. And so the FaceApp backlash has kicked into gear, with anxious stories and tweets warning you off of its charms. Which, fine! Just make sure you save some of that ire for bigger targets.

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Re: Viral App FaceApp Now Owns Access To More Than 150 Million People's Faces And Names
The 'FaceApp' viral trend which takes your picture and re-imagines you with an extra 50 years on the clock may be exposing its users to its Russian developers.

Experts are warning of security concerns with FaceApp, made in 2017, which puts a filter over your face, as it has permanent access to your photos.

Concerns focus around a questionable clause in the app, which can access, store and use images from your camera roll, without your permission.

FaceApp is allowed to use your name, username 'or any likeness provided' in any media format without compensation and you won't have any ability to take it down or complain about it, reports claim.

It also will not compensate you for this material and it will retain the image long after you've deleted the app.

Twitter users have also pointed to the app's Russian origins — FaceApp is owned by a company, Wireless Lab, which is based in St. Petersburg.

The Russian government doesn't even need to own the database it screens against the database from the app.

'With so many breaches, they can get information and hack cameras that are out there, and be able to create a database of people all over the world, with information these people didn't imagine is collected on them.'

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