No, FaceApp is not stealing your data — it's only making you look old
- FaceApp, the Russian photo editing app that made its debut two years ago, is going viral again with its feature that allows users to look younger or older.
- Users are worried that FaceApp might be uploading their library in the background since it can still access photos even if the settings are set at ‘never’ allow photo access.
- Researchers find that the concerns are unfounded and if anything, Apple might be to blame.
When you take a trip to the Year 3000. https://t.co/O9Dxpwj6ex— Jonas Brothers (@jonasbrothers) 1563313294000
It’s even trending online as the #FaceAppChallenge.
Considering a lot of sensitive photos are taken on phones today, like identification documents and banking information, it would only take one wrong picture for things to take an unpleasant turn.
FaceApp might not be to blame
French security research Robert Bapiste, TechCrunch and Guardian App’s CEO, Will Strafach, say that FaceApp’s issues are not as bad as they are thought to be.
All three of them have determined that FaceApp doesn’t upload your camera roll in the background. Also, iOS users who are panicking over how the app is able to pick up photos even though access wasn’t provided, it’s not FaceApp’s fault.
Shouldn’t photo access need to be enabled for this to be possible ? https://t.co/wy45zKn63E— Karissa Bell (@karissabe) 1563321180000
Apple’s API has a security loophole that’s been in place since the introduction of iOS 11. It allows apps to pick up singular photos from the system to work with.
There’s an argument to be made for why that shouldn’t be the default setting on smartphones but it has nothing to do with FaceApp abusing the right to privacy.
The one thing that is questionable about FaceApp is that it uploads the photo to the cloud, in order to process it. And consent for that is vague since FaceApp doesn’t explicitly point out that particular part of its functionality.