Will Taking The FaceApp Challenge Compromise Your Privacy?

The viral app does an eerily good job of showing what you might look like as a senior citizen.

By Shelly BrisbinJuly 18, 2019 3:34 pm

Maybe you’ve seen them online this week: pictures of your friends, or of celebrities with their faces changed to look decades older. FaceApp, which first went viral two years ago, is back. But some users are questioning whether it’s a good idea to share photos with the Russian-made app. Others say it’s not a privacy problem. 

Tech expert Omar Gallaga calls the phone app “eerily accurate” in its ability to change the face of users, which may have led to its rise in popularity. Privacy concerns stem from language used in its user agreement allowing the app-maker to use uploaded photos for any purpose. But Gallaga says it’s not so different from other phone apps. 

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– How controversy that surrounded the app two years ago has reemerged 

– What the makers of FaceApp have said regarding privacy concerns

– Why it’s difficult to erase personal data from the app