​FaceApp Has Responded To Everyone On Social Media Freaking Out About Their Privacy Being Violated

​FaceApp Has Responded To Concerns About User Privacy Being Violated


For some reason, after two years of pretty much lying dormant (at least as far as the internet is concerned), face-altering selfie app FaceApp has gone ridiculously viral… again.

Why? It’s a question I asked myself repeatedly on Tuesday as my social media timelines were flooded with pictures of people thinking they were oh-so-clever.

On Wednesday, I and the rest of the internet woke up to learn some bad news about FaceApp. One, the app was created in Russia.

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And two, FaceApp apparently violates pretty much all of its users’ privacy in direct conflict with app store Terms of Service.

Nice, right?

Well, as reported by the folks over at TechCrunch, the company behind FaceApp has now addressed exactly what the deal is with their almost non-existent privacy policy?

Their statement reads as follows…

We are receiving a lot of inquiries regarding our privacy policy and therefore, would like to provide a few points that explain the basics:

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.

“Most images” … very specific.

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.

Did you create a log in? You did, didn’t you?

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.

As my good friend Cass commented, “Exactly what I’d expect a Russian data mining service to say.”

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.

So there you have it. It’s all good, apparently.

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