FaceApp is absolutely not a recent app, but it has recently been brought up to the main stage. This app can transform, using AI models, a portrait to different age points or alter artificially, the gender, or even style of the face. In recent days, there are thousands of examples floating around on social media which speaks to the success of FaceApp. However, there have been growing concerns as to how FaceApp is handling all the data and pictures it is collecting.
Whatever the reason, the phenomenon is global and it must be said that the results are often very impressive. Artificial intelligence has improved the result since the first versions of this app, which already existed at the beginning of the Play Store, but which offered a very bland result. This is much better today hence why so many users are utilizing it. However, what the app is doing with the pictures it is collecting is quite concerning.
Owners of the app have previously stated that user photos are deleted off of their servers, but there isn’t any way to check on this, and users don’t have the ability to delete their own data.
Contrary to what some have said, FaceApp does not recover all the images stored on your smartphone on its servers without your permission. Nevertheless, the transformation is carried out on the servers of its designers, not on your iPhone or Android smartphone. When you choose a portrait in the photo library of your device, the image is put online, modified and then retrieved locally. FaceApp never indicates in its interface that this process is not done locally. Moreover, we do not know what happens next when the images are processed, but it seems that the company keeps all the photos sent to them. In the app’s terms and conditions of service, it is clearly stated that the processed images can be used by FaceApp without your agreement for any use, and without remuneration. Clearly, the portraits you send may end up in an advertisement or on the site without your agreement and you will not be able to do anything. FaceApp is a fun app, but think twice before using it on your photos, or worse on other people’s portraits without their agreement.
The FaceApp does collect some of the data from you just to process the photo but does not save all of your data. It’s like uploading a photo on Facebook.