FaceApp privacy threat: We are knowingly giving away our biometric data to the Russians
FaceApp has caused a minor kerfuffle on the internet for showing how users will look when they age. The app uses artificial intelligence (AI) and neural engine to edit selfies and add filters to the photos. Driven by celebrities, the app has gone viral and people are clicking and uploading their aged versions on to the social media sites. However, many missed the darker side of this app which is developed by a Russian company called Wireless Lab.
FaceApp's privacy concerns came to light after a developer Joshua Nozzi took to Twitter and said that the app uploads the users' photos to the cloud. FaceApp has, however, denied the claim.
We already give away a lot of our private data to the internet companies and we can do without one unknown Russian company having access to our biometric information. In the coming years, our biometric information will hold the keys to everything ranging from our bank information to our homes. The scary part is that now FaceApp doesn't just have access to your present but also to the way you'll look in the future. This data can be used to replicate someone's face and create masks using a 3D printer.
Edited by Udit Verma