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Face App shows the future you but at a high cost.

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We’ve found a fun app last week which shows the future you (The Face app). Looking at how your friends and family will look after 25-35 years from now. Honestly, everyone loves the results we are getting from the FaceApp. But it really goes like that?

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Face App- Terms & Services Agreement

WhatsApp groups, Facebook, Twitter is flooded with the photos and everyone is commenting to their friend’s posts. It’s like we the first one who tried something new in the social network and it created a buzz in the profile which brings happiness for no good reason because results are imaginary calculated by the programming codes. But anyway it’s a fun game now- but once you read the user agreement that you’ve agreed to use the app will force you to think about the fun game. You must read the first sentence which indirectly says “ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK”.

You should know, Face App is not a new app, it keeps returning every few years when it suddenly becomes viral because of a new feature. What I’d look like if I was old/young/a different gender if you’d like a little hypothetical peak into the future. And while the basic version of the app is FREE, it does come with a pretty wild cost buried in its T & S agreement with the users.

The AI photo editor is created by a Russian company called Wireless Lab. There have been reports that it rolls & have access to all the images stored in your device (not just the selfie you upload to have fun around it), but privacy experts couldn’t find any evidence.

Terms and Service Agreement of Face App:

Instead, the real concern with Face App appears which you “agreed” without reading it- quoting directly here-“a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable, sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, creative 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”

That’s a lot of words to basically say your photo forever belongs to Wireless Lab and anyone they want to give it to, to do whatever they want with forever.

“The license is so lax. They can claim you agree they can send to wherever they like to whoever the like, & so long as there is some connection, [they can] do a lot of things with it.”

Privacy expert David Vaile told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Well. Are we ready for this data mining game? That’s the million-dollar question. IBM was caught in a similar scandal, using Flickr photos to train digital facial recognition software without users’ knowledge.
Think twice or maybe thrice when you go for experiments in the digital world just because it’s on-trending.

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