The trending age filter app FaceApp has access to over 150 million people’s names and faces and can advertise them without paying any royalty.
If you have not been living under a rock, you must be aware of FaceApp, a smartphone application that uses an age filter and can make your face look 40 years older.
The app developed by Russian company Wireless Lab has raised privacy concern over its terms and conditions.
According to the clause, you will give FaceApp “a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license” for the photos that you uploaded.
This means your face might end up on a billboard advertised by the App and you won’t be able to do anything about it.
There are also rumors that FaceApp also uploads all other photos from your phone into its servers apart from the one which you have uploaded. However, the security researchers have not found any evidence of it.
“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,” read a statement from their side.
“Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date. We also accept requests from users for removing all their data from our servers,” they added.
Though the company says that it doesn’t store user data in Russia and only has its R&D team there, US Senator Chuck Schumer wants the FBI to investigate if FaceApp has stored data of US users in Russia.
This is not the first time that viral Facebook apps have come in the news for a privacy breach issue.
Last year Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm had harvested the personal data of millions of people’s Facebook profiles without their consent and used it for political advertising purposes.