FaceApp is back – and the viral app has once again taken social media by storm.
The app, which seems to make a resurgence across all social media sites about once a year, has gripped users with its newest popular feature: an aging filter that shows you what you may look like when you get old.
You've no doubt seen it online these past few days, with celebrities and your friends likely sharing pictures of themselves on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.
But users are starting to discover that the app isn't just a fun image-altering piece of software – it's also a vessel the company uses to harvest data on its users.
So before you use the app or upload any photos using the FaceApp to the internet, you may want to take a close look at the apps Terms of Service.
Specifically, there is a section that gives the app and its developer, Wireless Lab, the freedom to use any image created with the app itself.
That means Wireless Lab would be able to use an image of your 'aged' face on marketing materials, social media posts, adverts and whatever else it can dream up.
"We collect the following types of information," notes the Terms of Service. "Information you provide us directly: User Content (e.g., photos and other materials) that you post through the Service."
In layman's terms, by agreeing to Wireless Labs' terms of service, you are giving them explicit permission to use your likeness.
A deeper dive of the Terms also highlights just how extensive this agreement actually goes:
“You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you”.
All you need to do to give the company the right to do this is download the app, agree to the terms and post an image via FaceApp.
Of course, this is nothing new: Twitter has a very similar line in its own terms of service. But FaceApp users may not necessarily know what they're letting themselves in for when they're using the app.
FaceApp also notes that you cannot "opt out of Service-related e-mails" and that it has access to your entire Camera Roll – not just the images you post or upload via FaceApp.
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