Faceapp: Do you permit access to your device and photos?

Yes. We rarely say no to this question, and that’s where the problem lies.

After Facebook, FaceApp is the new headline. Its privacy policy is a matter of concern. However, it doesn’t seem to affect its 80 million users. FaceApp is developed by a Moscow based company called Wireless Labs. It was launched in 2017 by its creator, a former Microsoft engineer, Yaroslav Goncharov.

The app uses artificial intelligence to read your picture and transform it into an aged face. Celebrities like Drake and Cardi B have posted their aged selfies. Users all over the world are excited to see how they will look 10 or 50 years later. It is another useless viral trend brought to us by the internet.

The privacy policy reads that FaceApp may access data on your device. This includes not only the pictures you want to see transformed, but all media, and internet browsing history along with your IP address. Like Instagram, the app assumes complete ownership of the picture. FaceApp says that it would not use the data for any wrong reasons. Wireless Labs wants such information to better the app based on user activity. But we know that with today’s technology one needs only a single picture to make realistic defamatory videos. And what happens then?

The question stands: Why do you need access to a user’s entire electronic activity when a feedback survey would do the same job? Why are 80 million people required to give up their privacy to see what they will look like when old?

One may easily argue that staying out of it is the solution. But it’s not just one app. Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat have been around for years. We have voluntarily been giving up information for a while now. FaceApp is a fresh target for its link with the secretive country, of Russia. The United States has quickly forgotten about Facebook’s 2 billion users.

Let’s talk about the user activity that Wireless Labs wants to study. During a college meeting, my friend was bored and decided to pull out his phone. He showed me what he would look like 50 years from now. He also showed a couple of others’ aged faces. Then he scrolled through social media. While no one is to interpret or command anyone’s internet usage, the perils to privacy is a matter of public concern and not just an individual’s responsibility.

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