Is FaceApp Safe to Use? - DO NOT Use it Until You Read This

Last Update: July 24, 2019

Unless you have been living under a rock lately or have just been unplugged from social media and TV, there is a new viral app for your smartphone called FaceApp. But is FaceApp safe to use? I'll let you be the judge after I present to you the facts.

YOUR PERSONAL DATA IS AT RISK

I can fully understand the draw of a new fun app that will use AI (Artificial Intelligence) to alter the look of a photo of you and age it 15, 20 or more years. Downloading and using a free app to get a glimpse of what you will look like years from now has got to be safe, right?

Do you remember the Facebook - Cambridge Analytica scandal? This was a major political scandal in early 2018 that harvested the personal data of 87 million Facebook users without their permission while using a seemingly safe and fun app called This Is Your Digital Life.

The app was developed by Russian-born Aleksandr Kogan, a data scientist at Cambridge University in the UK. Cambridge Analytica used this app as part of research in which several hundred thousand Facebook users would complete a fun and safe survey.

Unknowing to the Facebook participants, this app was able to harvest their personal data from their profile page AND the personal data of EVERYONE that were either friends or following them. This is why Facebook admitted to Congress that 87 million profiles were compromised.

The collected data was enough to create psycho graphic profiles on everyone. This info was then used to target people based on where they lived and what political affiliation they followed, to post relevant ads and memes in their newsfeed to sway their views.

FACEAPP HAS SIMILAR RED FLAGS

There is a lot of buzz online that FaceApp is not as safe to use as is claims, and for good reason. No one is saying that this app is being used for nefarious reasons, but you have to be very skeptical of its use especially after reading the Terms of Service.

In a nutshell you still own the content, meaning your picture. But by you using the app you are giving full, unreversable permission for the owners of FaceApp to use your picture and data for anything they want to. And guess what? FaceApp is owned by a Russian company.

Before I post a picture from their Terms of Service, what they say in their Privacy Policy sounds a lot like what the Cambridge app did. FaceApp will harvest your location, IP address, and log file data for the purpose of aiming targeted ads toward you. But what else?

Just in case you cannot read what the Terms of Service says between those two yellow highlights, I will type all of it below and break it up into smaller paragraphs so you can easily read it and absorb its meaning.

Terms of Service:

You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, 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.

When you post or otherwise share User Content on or through our Services, you understand that your User Content and any associated information (such as your [username], location or profile photo) will be visible to the public.

ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT FACEAPP?

Even though FaceApp has been around for about two years now in a smaller capacity before this worldwide re-launch, are you willing to trust a Russian company with your personal data that it will harvest from your smartphone and not use it for criminal doings or identity theft?

When confronted with these concerns, the owners of FaceApp said that users could request via email to have their photos deleted at anytime. But there is no way for people to know if it will be actually done and what about all of your personal data that was already harvested?

It has to make you wonder if there is something strange going on. A Russian company in St Petersburg (not far from Moscow), gaining all this personal data you are giving full permission to do whatever they want with, all of a sudden being re-released before a major U.S. election?

Though this app is available through Apple and Google, how well was their vetting process? If Facebook's vetting process could be circumvented when Cambridge Analytica was used to target users for a scam, how do we know Apple and Google are safe? WE DON'T!

My advice to you is to not get or use this app if you haven't already. If you have used it, even though you can delete it if you didn't create an account or email the FaceApp company and tell them to close your account, your personal data is already out there. You can read more about it here.

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CallMeNick Premium
I mean, thanks for the warning... I read a similar article on a news app though.

Sorry but why do you seem to hold a grudge against Russia. A government and its people are two different things to not put in the same bag. I do have friends from Russia and they are just people like many others.

Now about the government, it's everywhere the same so. No country is perfect.
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boomergp08 Premium
I do not hold a grudge against the Russian people. I have many Russian friends, an in-law and one of my past girlfriends was Russian. They are great people.

When there are a few companies that have been indicted for stealing identities and banking information from the users of their apps, after reading the TOS of this app it is making many bloggers skeptical that it may be yet another front for stealing personal data.
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AnaB7 Premium
Thank you, Robert. After the 2016 election in our country and the nightmare we live in now.

We all have to be careful. I am not going to generalized but in the U.S.A many of us are very trusting still. So, thank you for the post alerting people.

The tactics used by foreign countries is terrible,

I hope everyone keeps an open mind about your post.

The mere fact that their terms have such language alone is scary.

People be careful with any applications.

Happy day everyone!

Ana
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boomergp08 Premium
Though it is impossible to prevent our personal data from being compromised, doing our best to read the fine print on EVERYTHING is prudent. And once you read the TOS of FaceApp it should really make you wonder.
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jvranjes Premium
You mentioned "Russian" 4 times, so there must be something very bad in the whole story.

A company "in St Petersburg not far from Moscow" cannot bring anything good. Just to know, this is more than 700 km, more than Berlin-Vienna distance. Still too close to such a nasty place called Moscow?

But all is relative as one wise Jew once said. By the way, this dangerous "Russian-born Kogan" whom you mentioned, cannot possibly be a Russian, it is a Jewish name.

Your post is a shame, politically motivated and I am going to press spam above, just to know (well deserved, great job).

Must add, I have "been living under a rock" as I have no idea what FaceApp is, and plan to remain under it (rock, I mean).
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Zarina Premium
Yes, Kogan is a Jewish name, or a Russian-speaking Jew. Also thanks for the comment Jovo, it seemed no one else noticed the politics behind it.
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boomergp08 Premium
The Popular Mechanics post I linked to above says Russia/Russian 8 times plus once in their post title. That is not a political post. Did you read it? My post was not politically motivated at all. Just repeating what many other bloggers are bringing awareness to about an app that can compromise personal security based on what their TOS says.
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jvranjes Premium
Of course I read your text. So it is the overall tone, not the number of times you mentioned Russian and Moscow which you presented as synonyms for evil and danger.

Just to know I am not a Russian or paid by Russian (sounds like an affiliate disclaimer), I just dislike the whole orchestrated western propaganda against Russia. It goes well with masses, I see it from your own attitude.

I assume you are a US citizen, so see what your own government and secret services are doing all over the globe. Ask Iraqis and Afghans (not to mention my own motherland), why not going on vacations there and see?

You have no idea how the rest of the world sees US. It would be time to realize this if you are able to take a step back from what they are serving you and you are consuming every day, you might be shocked and frightened. Remember, no empire has lasted forever, historia magistra vitae.
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boomergp08 Premium
No. I asked you, did you read the Popular Mechanics article I posted a link to?

I do not want get into an argument at how bad the U.S. is. I spent time in the military and I can provide information that I know as 100% true that would shock people.

This is not the time and place for it
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jvranjes Premium
I believe you. Have seen US bombs in live falling from the sky, and also felt the exhaust gas from the trail of a cruise missile flying just meters above the roofs.

Did not read the article you mentioned, no need.
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Zarina Premium
Frankly, I was a bit disappointed when I read this post, Robert.

Would you please not paint all Russians with 1 brush? Just because some Russian was involved in whatever scandal a while ago, doesn't mean this FaceApp company is full of bad people and has bad intentions.

This post clearly has politics in it.

First of all, it's against WA's rules. Second of all, not only do you have negative perception of Russians but the way you said it, you also instigate negative reactions in other WA members and turning them against Russians for no reason.

I see enough hatred in the Western media towards Russia, I'd appreciate not to see this at least in the WA community...
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jvranjes Premium
Take this from a positive side, it is about education, this place is a University after all. Now we know that St Petersburg is close to Moscow and that Kogan is a Russian name.
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Zarina Premium
Omg I just had an entire text written, I'm not sure if it didn't go through or it was deleted...
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Zarina Premium
Not gonna re-write the whole text again but the main point was that it was possible to just say:

"Guys, keep in mind that TOS say this ____, so there's a potential threat to your personal info". (Without having have to paint Russians as the "bad guys who always f*ck it up for us".)
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Freedomseekr Premium
Hi Zarina,
It's good Robert pointed out to read the TOS. But, it should be something that people should do no matter where the App is from....it shouldn't matter what country it's from... read it anyways, and if you don't agree, don't use it.

Anyways, I agree, there is enough hatred in the world already and I care not to judge others by their country or government or whatever...it's two totally different things, there are both good people and bad people everywhere in the world, no matter what country they may be from. Plus, not everyone is totally good nor bad I'd suppose either, everyone makes mistakes.

Either way, read the TOS and the Privacy Policy of any app... that's my two cents on the subject. :)

Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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Zarina Premium
Exactly, everyone should pay attention to TOS but no need to point out who created the app and paint them in negative light.

I thought I was overthinking it but a few people told me I'm not. Hopefully no more politically-motivated posts from Rob, at least here at Wealthy Affiliate.

Thanks for your support, Sherry!
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boomergp08 Premium
Zarina, this has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with personal security. Though American politics did shine a light on this global threat, that is the extent of anything political. All I was doing was repeating what dozens of other bloggers were saying. Did you read the Popular Mechanics article I linked to?

Since 2004 Russian companies based out of St. Petersburg at the direction from Moscow, have hacked into and meddled in the affairs of 27 countries committing fraud, identity theft, disinformation campaigns, cyber attacks on various banking and government institutions. Three St. Petersburg companies with ties to Russian Intelligence have been indicted.

The countries affected are: Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine and the United States.

After reading the TOS and the information that can be gained from users of FaceApp without their consent or knowledge is alarming enough. But knowing how Russian companies with ties to Russian Intelligence use apps like this to collect personal data for fraud and identity theft, this is why many bloggers are raising awareness.

All I am saying is that taking into account all of the global awareness of the computer and cyber crimes by the Russian government, using an app from a company in the same city as other indicted companies with a scary sounding TOS, should be cause for great alarm. The FaceApp company could be legit, but it could also not be. How is providing awareness political?
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jvranjes Premium
I like your list Robert, where did you get it from? CIA perhaps? Then it must be true, this company is known for reliable information. So 27 countries suffering from Russia.

You might want to check this list with 33 countries below, those are countries bombed by the US after WWII. So tell me which country has produced more misery in the world, Russia or US? But honestly please:

The US bombing list:

Korea and China 1950-53 (Korean War)
Guatemala 1954
Indonesia 1958
Cuba 1959-1961
Guatemala 1960
Congo 1964
Laos 1964-73
Vietnam 1961-73
Cambodia 1969-70
Guatemala 1967-69
Grenada 1983
Lebanon 1983, 1984 (both Lebanese and Syrian targets)
Libya 1986
El Salvador 1980s
Nicaragua 1980s
Iran 1987
Panama 1989
Iraq 1991 (Persian Gulf War)
Kuwait 1991
Somalia 1993
Bosnia 1994, 1995
Sudan 1998
Afghanistan 1998
Yugoslavia 1999
Yemen 2002
Iraq 1991-2003 (US/UK on regular basis)
Iraq 2003-2015
Afghanistan 2001-2015
Pakistan 2007-2015
Somalia 2007-8, 2011
Yemen 2009, 2011
Libya 2011, 2015
Syria 2014-2015
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boomergp08 Premium
I got the list from a USA Today article from 2017.

I have no argument with what you posted. I know first hand just how bad the U.S. has been and will be the first to say that we are not perfect.

But the issue is not about conventional warfare. And for the record, the U.S. as well as many other countries on the list I provided also conduct cyber warfare.
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jvranjes Premium
Fair enough. I appreciate this reply.
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MelWaller Premium
Honestly? I don't trust anyone. In fact, I have greatly reduced my online footprint trying to stick to what I am doing with my businesses and keeping my focus narrowed.

Our info is being collected all the time and there is nothing we can do to stop it,except to say nothing online or over our phones.

It's a sad state of affairs, but such is life.

Mel
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boomergp08 Premium
Sort of reminds me of a book I read in high school. Perhaps you read it too. 1984 by George Orwell.
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MelWaller Premium
Rob, I never read the book, but I did hear about it.

I'm a big Sci Fi fan and it really feels like what was once just Sci Fi Is becoming more and more reality and like many things in life things are often used in a negative or bad way rather than focused on uplifting or improving humanity.

Big Brother is always watching. We just have more Big Brothers today than before.

Mel
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boomergp08 Premium
I am a big Sci Fi fan too and many of the things that used to be Science Fiction when we were growing up are now Science Fact.

Big Brother is definitely watching. Have you ever noticed how many security and tracking cameras there are in public places?

On light poles, on traffic signals, on building, at the park,...They do serve a good purpose for helping to deter and catch criminals, but can be used for no good too.
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Rob, thanks for the heads up, those TOS are where the small, small, print can hide, and as a global society who reads them.

The divide between the online worlds and offline worlds continues to grow. The funny thing is that if I ran an offline business and injected terms of service like this I would probably be asking my auntie to bake me a cake with a file in it, or my attorney's kids would definitely be at an exclusive, boarding school funded with the fees he is paid defending my position.

There are so many apps like this out there, some are nastier than others.

As the saying goes there is nothing for nothing in this world, there is always a cost.

Thank you for making us aware Rob,

Alex
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Alex. Some people have said that many people do not bother reading the TOS because it is too long and written in lawyer like language, basically making it boring.

But when you skip reading the TOS and PP, you will have no one to blame but yourself should anything bad come from it. This FaceApp TOS just makes my red flag radar go off.
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yunguns321 Premium
Thanks for this, Robert.

I'm always extremely leery of any new app like this. If people keep using and embracing these things, privacy will be a thing of the past. And the saddest part is that it will be so because people willingly gave it away. 😟
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome and I totally agree. If people do not start to take the time to really go through the TOS (Terms of Service) and PP (Privacy Policy) agreements, if something bad happens to their identity, the fault is solely theirs. You cannot be too careful nowadays.
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NWTDennis Premium
It's hard to believe that anyone (certainly not Americans) would go anywhere near this App ... IF they took the time to read the Terms of Service. Sadly most of us do not. The Lawyer language is a boring read and hard to really understand for most of us. Thank you Robert for taking the time to break it down.

But at the risk of encroaching into one of Kyle's NO NOs, is there any American (or anyone else for that matter) who would be comfortable with signing up with a Russian company after the 2016 Election debacle here in the US?

I hope everyone heeds your advice Robert. Thanks again for your vetting due diligence.
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boomergp08 Premium
Not to disrespect any of my fellow American citizens but some are just flat out lazy when it comes to safeguarding their information online and when using apps. The main reason I think is what you have mentioned.

The legal lawyer-type text of the PP, TOS and such are very boring to read and many people just accept it thinking nothing bad can come of it. But if a company or a person is going to do something shady, this is where they will bury the language that protects them.

They know that most people will not take the time to go through all of that boring text to find that the user is giving the company FULL approval to use your picture and personal data for whatever they want now and in the future. That is insane!

Though it doesn't matter which country this comes from, the warning bells going off in every media outlet here and in other countries that have been hacked by Russia, should give people a skeptical outlook as to WHY they want our personal data.
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AnaB7 Premium
Our country went into turmoil in 2016, so hopefully people wake-up to be careful.

I think everyone regardless of country should be careful in general. I hate applications asking for permission to use my camera.


Ana
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NWTDennis Premium
Thanks Robert for saying what needed to be said. Hopefully the membership will pay more attention to this.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Dennis.
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Calvinator63 Premium
Thanks, Rob,

Once again you have provided a great bit of information for us to comprehend and think about.

I myself am not so much concerned as to where the individuals are located in the world, evil lurks around every corner. My concern is more in the line of what is the purpose as to why they would want all that personal information that they really don’t need to have or in my opinion should have.

It is a shame that technology advancements are used by individuals that have a low standard of morals and are deceitful or dishonest in nature. But then again you can walk around your own neighborhood and get mugged not much difference between the two except for the potential violence involved in the latter.

Greed has altered many a man over time and has caused some to do things they normally would not even think about doing.

Let’s just hope this personal information they have already gathered form many is not used to harm anyone even though that is very doubtful (why else would they want it).

Luck fully; I am not one of the people they got the information from. I guess I still live a bit under that rock you spoke of – LOL Looking to climb out from under it one of these days.

Thanks again for keeping us up-to-date and informed with the latest!!

Calvin
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boomergp08 Premium
It is unfortunate that the world in which we live in today is similar in many ways to what George Orwell wrote in his book 1984. Back when I read that book in high school it was a fiction book but now a lot of it is true.

Sometimes I have been called old fashioned when it comes to a few things regarding technology. But coming from a technology industry I know how certain things work behind the scenes and how sometimes they do not work any better than not.

Just like when I search for an online money making opportunity, any time I am presented that sounds interesting, I always read the terms of service and other fine print. If people don't they expose themselves to things they wouldn't think possible.
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JoePlale Premium
Thank Goodness, Us “Old Farts” are somewhat immune from such silliness.

Why? .. Are we smarter than ‘anyone’? .. Nope!

It’s just that for the most part We haven’t even fully caught up with that eMail Thing .. and are barely adept with the Messaging Thing (as we really struggle with the tiny keyboard on the phone) .. heh!

The thought of Actually “Talking Face-to-face”, through the interWebs verges On Magic, and kinda scares us a little.

Not to worry .. A Nigerian Prince is sending me $54,000,000 worth of diamonds pretty soon, and I will be able hire someone to watch out for my best interests online :-)

Peace, Love and Guacamole ...

Joe
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boomergp08 Premium
Wow! What a coincidence Joe. I also have a Nigerian Prince sending me $54,000,000. I hope it is a different Prince so we both get our riches.

LOL

In my opinion apps like FaceApp are mindless forms of entertainment, if you can even consider an app that will show you how old you will look in 20 years, entertainment.
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PaulBoudreau Premium
Thanks, Robert, for putting up this caution tape.

It's getting increasingly difficult to feel safe and secure about the future as it relates to identity theft.

People spend days and weeks preparing for the Easter Bunny to lay eggs on their lawn,
the Great Pumpkin to arrive,
and a jolly old man to land his sled on their roof, not to forget the herd of reindeer, and have them stay there, while he slides down a chimney to bring them the things they've sent on a list, to the North Pole!

God save us all!

Paul

postscriptum,
forgive my optimism, lol.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Paul. I love your comment. But on a serious note, the near future or I should say the present is pretty Orwellian in certain respects. Kind of scary.
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PaulBoudreau Premium
That, it is!
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emerald860 Premium
Hey Robert. I downloaded it and used it once. Took a picture of myself then deleted the app. I'm hoping I'm safe. Unfortunately, I clicked the "allow" button when asked about permission to access my photos. Luckily, most of my pics are scenic pics. But I'm guessing my pics are out there somewhere. I also didn't create an account with them. :( Alanna
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boomergp08 Premium
Ouch! I hope so too. Unfortunately all of your pictures and whatever data is associated with them has been accessed by the app as soon as you clicked "Allow" because that data connection and transfer is instantaneous.

But thankfully you did not create an account so they do not have access to your name. Thought that is a small consolation it is actually a big relief because they could do more harm with a name than without it.
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derekmarshal Premium
The most shocking thing about Cambridge Analytics is they were able to go ahead with bankruptcy proceeding by failing to pay a non descript utility bill.

You bet the data harvested was well saved and taken with them before the bankruptcy proceedings.

And guess what?

You can't investigate, sue or take to court a company that has officially gone out of business. Can't even request you data get deleted...no longer in business.

Very, very, very convenient.
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boomergp08 Premium
Very convenient and very concerning. I am sure they still have all that data.
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derekmarshal Premium
I do wonder though if Cambridge Analytica, Face App can be connected to 2016 election meddling.

It is also very suspicious that a huge amount of data is taken by Face App ahead of 2020 and the primaries/

Let's leave the politics at that. Not the place. But it does raise questions.
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes it does and it is one reason why the FTC and FBI are going to investigate it.
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AOsmand Premium
It’s a scary thought what they can do with your info. Trouble is nobody ever reads the small print, I’m guilty of it, I’m sure we all have just clicked accept but it’s time to start really thinking about what we agree to. As the digital world evolves we need to be even more careful.
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, I used to be guilty of that until I got hacked one day and now I never do that. Cyber attacks and cyber security are real things. They happen all too often and though we lay people cannot stop it we can lessen the problem by being more careful.
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VirginiaO1 Premium
I don't know why people feel the need to use every new App that comes out. I saw this on the news, the creator says your information is safe (yeah, right)! The only assurance this company is giving the user is their word. The company claims all information will be encrypted (yeah okay). I wish I could post this to my Facebook page, it seems more and more people are using this thing.

This is great info, thanks
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome and you can post this to your Facebook page. I posted this on my Facebook Timeline.

If you decide to just make sure to first click the blue/white button at the top of this post that says "Affiliate" and copy that link.

Then paste it into Facebook and if someone should join WA through that link you will get the referral credit.
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Freedomseekr Premium
Hey Robert,

Well, I just learned of FaceApp last night, lol. It does sound pretty fun to try.

But, since I don't like my face plastered all over anywhere, I'd rather not bother using it anyways...and apps that use any of my photos or images, I always read what exactly they're going to do with those images whether it's my face or not since I have artwork as well. And yes, I'd certainly like to get paid for if someone is using it...and, I sure as heck wouldn't like it if someone's taking it and selling it as their own, which sounds like they're doing with people's faces, lol.

Very sneaky of them to put things like that in the TOS...I usually do read all that or try to remember to before joining and allowing any service or app anything. If it's something I don't really find very necessary to use, I won't use it seeing something like that...who knows what it'll end up being associated with or who will profit from it.

I've also noticed some apps that want you to connect their service through your social media account as well, which all sounds nice and dandy until reading the TOS saying the app is allowed to follow people for you...uh, no! I don't think so! I'll follow who I want, not let some app decide for me.

Thanks for sharing, Robert! I'm definitely not going to use the FaceApp now hearing this.

Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Sherry. Being that I used to develop apps for iPhone I know how certain data can be collected. Thankfully most companies have a good reputation for what they collect and how they use it.

But then there are some that you have to be skeptical of like FaceApp. That language in their TOS is very worrisome and there are multiple posts online and news outlets warning of its use.

I rarely use apps and I never use my social media profiles to sign into other programs or apps, even the ones I fully trust. I do not need to use an app like FaceApp because if I want to see myself age, I'll look in the mirror. LOL
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Freedomseekr Premium
Haha yes, that's another reason that I have no interest in using FaceApp, I don't want to make myself look older than I am already...looking in the mirror is proof enough every day that it doesn't get any better with another 10 or 20 years added on, lol. 🤣
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amcg Premium
I was wondering why I kept seeing all these "aged" filters of people. I kept checking my snap chat for the new filter. I was oblivious to the fact that is was through FaceApp because I have never heard of face app!
Then the other night said that EXACT same things that you just posted in your blog! Thank you for sharing. I think Kyle has also used FaceApp so I hope he reads this blog!
So my question is this.... What about all those filters with IG and SnapChat? Are they safer? Just curious as I use IG alot and I like to use snapchat with friends.

Thanks So much for posting this!!!!!

Anna
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. I do not use either of those social sites so I do not know what their PP and TOS say.
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amcg Premium
I guess I should become more informed and read the fine print!! Thanks!
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, you should ALWAYS read the fine print before accepting to use any app.
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KC1953 Premium
Well, you nailed me in the first sentence. It's kind of comfortable here under my rock and doesn't look like I'm missing a whole lot by being here.

Never been much of a herd follower, me. I prefer the scent of fresh air as opposed to the not-so-lovely ambiance of a gazillion wagging tails in the lead.

If social media is the deciding factor in determining my success with WA, then I'm toast. It may very well be to my detriment but I choose not to be assimilated into the collective "They".

Thanks for the heads up though. I do appreciate your vigilance.
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boomergp08 Premium
I like the way you think, though it is too hot for me to be outside right now. I do not even want to walk 35 feet to the mailbox to mail some letters. LOL
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KC1953 Premium
In that regard, I agree 100%. It's even too hot to go to the beach!! ;-)
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SaraPoyner Premium
Thanks for sharing! A lot of my facebook friends have been using it over the last week! I wasn't so keen on seeing myself 15-20 years older lol, so won't be giving it a try : )
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boomergp08 Premium
Me neither. Why do I need an app for that? I can see my gray hairs coming in by just looking in the mirror. LOL
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Janet1919 Premium
The thing with this today world is that we think that we should be in to everything that come our way even if it’s not good for us we have to have because it’s the latest
Where is the old days
Thanks for sharing


All the best

Janet
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boomergp08 Premium
I agree. That is like when a new iPhone or a video game system or some kind of consumer electronic comes out, people wait on long lines to be one of the first to own it. I buy these things when the items I already have stop working. LOL
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Janet1919 Premium
Same here no out bed in no line no no if it’s not broken don’t fix
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NnurseBecca Premium
This makes me shutter. I saw Jay's grandpa picture and immediately recognized the faceap because someone played a really mean trick on me making me look like a million year old witch. Now I am even more upset to find they can use this to do whatever. I am disgusted with faceap and reassured by what you shared.
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boomergp08 Premium
How mean of them. And they posted this on your Facebook profile? But I'm sure you still looked good. ;) Hope you are staying cool this weekend.
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JohaneG Premium
Hi! I have learned a lot here.
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boomergp08 Premium
Happy I could help.
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YanFellow Premium
Hey Robert -I don't use any apps, mainly through lack of interest.

99.99% of users won';t read the T&C. It'll be up to the 'authorities' to step and claim they are 'unfair' by which time it will be too late.

But a massive amount of our personal info is already available onlineand can easily be scraped by anyone. In fact, it probably has.
Ian
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boomergp08 Premium
As someone who used to develop iPhone apps, I know how information is collected. In my opinion it is irresponsible for people to not read the fine print of the PP and TOS.

Even though there is a lot of our data out there already, many companies that collect it, like WA, are reputable in how they use it. The best form of protection is to not expose yourself when possible.
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YanFellow Premium
Totally agree but loads of my friends use apps and games and they really aren't interested in protecting their data. I assume as long as they don't get hacked or somethign bad happens because of it.

But you're right.
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boomergp08 Premium
I have many friends and family like that too. For instance my sister doesn't understand why I do not have a Facebook app on my iPhone. I told her that I access FB via the Safari internet app.

She says the app is easier. I said the app has security issues as many apps do. Then she started getting hacked and wondered why I didn't when others she is friends with that have the app were having problems too.
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YanFellow Premium
Oh dear :-(

Maybe a lesson learned?
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EHR Premium
Thanks for this. I never planned to use it anyway after other cautionary tales I have heard. Thanks for the post. Gene
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Gene. The last thing I need to see is what I will look like in another 20 years. LOL
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EHR Premium
Wow, I don't even want to think about mine. Gene
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wendyg53 Premium
This is why I don't use any of the FB apps. A lot of my friends do, and then they get upset when they get hacked. It's not worth the risk. Clearly, people have too much time on their hands. Thanks for posting the warning.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. I do not use any of the Facebook apps or have many third party apps on my phone. I used to develop apps for the iPhone and I know how information is collected that people do not realize.
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varleysheen Premium
I don't see the difference between trusting Russia or any other Country.

Are people in other countries more trust worthy?

Russia are just a manufactured enemy. The west always needs a bad guy.

Most companies harvest your data in some shape or form.

Personally not bothered about any of them apps.

Most people's data is already out there
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boomergp08 Premium
The country isn't the main reason for concern, it is the PP and TOS. Though ones data may be out there many security experts agree that limiting your exposure is the safest thing to do.
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KC1953 Premium
Not a matter of country as much as ideology and yes, there are other ideologies more compatible with individual freedom and free enterprise than the Russian doctrine.

The growing inability of free societies, Americans in particular, to make that distinction is most concerning of all.
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Eartha Premium
That is disturbing. I’ve noticed a lot of people using this app on social media. Thank you for sharing this information.
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes and the most disturbing part is many people use apps without reading the PP and TOS, making themselves vulnerable to any kind of wrong doing should it happen.
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