FaceApp Addresses Reports That It’s Granting Russia Access To Your Photos
If you’re wondering why your timeline has turned into an album from a nursing home, you can thank FaceApp (#faceappchallenge), the platform which uses AI to age photos of its user; however, now its firing back on reports that it’s been granting Russia access to your albums.
Among issues that the Russian-created app doesn’t fully disclose to its users that their photos are uploaded to the cloud, versus being processed locally on their phone, some users claim the app is overriding settings where they denied access to their camera roll,
So, in a rebuttal, the startup explains, “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. Even though the core R&D team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia. We don’t sell or share any user date with any third parties.”
Wholly they state:
1. 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.
2. We might store an uploaded photo in the cloud. The main reason for that is performance and traffic: we want to make sure that the user doesn’t upload the photo repeatedly for every edit operation. Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date.
3. We accept requests from users for removing all their data from our servers. Our support team is currently overloaded, but these requests have our priority. For the fastest processing, we recommend sending the requests from the FaceApp mobile app using “Settings->Support->Report a bug” with the word “privacy” in the subject line. We are working on the better UI for that.
4. All FaceApp features are available without logging in, and you can log in only from the settings screen. As a result, 99% of users don’t log in; therefore, we don’t have access to any data that could identify a person.
5. We don’t sell or share any user data with any third parties.
6. Even though the core R&D team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia.
Additionally, we’d like to comment on one of the most common concerns: all pictures from the gallery are uploaded to our servers after a user grants access to the photos (for example, https://twitter.com/
joshuanozzi/status/ 1150961777548701696). We don’t do that. We upload only a photo selected for editing. You can quickly check this with any of network sniffing tools available on the internet.