Concern grows over popular FaceApp's privacy policy

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FaceApp has taken social media by storm lately, with many using #faceappchallenge to post a picture from the app making them look decades older than they really are. A glimpse into the future for the over 150 million faces and names the app has seen, according to Forbes.

How it works, is you can take a picture of yourself or choose one from your camera roll, then select the "age" option and choose to make your appearance older or even younger. People like Lebron James, Gordon Ramsey, and rapper Drake have taken part of this world wide trend showcasing an older version of yourself.




But this app comes with an unexpected surprise. The privacy policy than many blindly agree too when they download the FaceApp contains vague language saying that they app is allowed to share your data with companies that are also owned by the Russian app that began in 2017. We spoke with local software developer Connor McPherson who gave us tips to look for when scrolling through privacy policies.

"If any privacy policy says we will use your data for business purposes or for commercial purposes or for anything just go get out of there fast."

McPherson adds that ambiguous language and long lists are two easy ways to determine if something about the policy is shady. He adds that these policies are often written in "lawyer language" and feels that companies do it intentionally so that people do not read them.

Jessica Brown, a current FaceApp user says she is not deleting the app because she isn't concerned with her information being spread.

"Anything that you put on the internet is not private."

We reached out to FaceApp via email hoping to get our questions answered but were met with an automated response.

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