AI selfie editing FaceApp responds to privacy concerns

The AI-powered selfie-editing app titled “Faceapp” that’s been having another viral moment has now responded to a privacy controversy.

AI selfie editing FaceApp responds to privacy concerns

FaceApp, a Russian startup, uploads users’ photos to the cloud without making it clear to them that processing is not going on locally on their device.

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Another issue raised by FaceApp users was that the iOS app appears to be overriding settings if a user had denied access to their camera roll, after people reported they could still select and upload a photo despite the app not having permission to access their photos.

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FaceApp confirms that most of the processing needed to power its app’s beautifying/gender-bending/age-accerating/-defying effects are done in the cloud.

FaceApp also says users can request their data is deleted. Though it doesn’t yet have a very smooth way to do this instead it asks users to send delete requests via the mobile app using “Settings->Support->Report a bug” with the word “privacy” in the subject line, adding that it’s “working on a better UI for that”.

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Additionally, the most common concerns: all pictures from the gallery are uploaded to our servers after a user grants access to the photos. User can quickly check this with any of network sniffing tools available on the internet.

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