Photo app 'FaceApp' raises privacy concerns - FOX34 Lubbock

Photo app 'FaceApp' raises privacy concerns

LUBBOCK, Texas -

The photo-altering app FaceApp became a the center of a social media challenge with its aging filter, being taken on by several celebrities.

Some may think they are only uploading photos, but cybersecurity experts are sounding the alarm on the app.

FaceApp can use your pictures to record your name, username and other photos stored in your phone.

"Once you upload the content, then essentially it's stored or transferred inside the United States or outside the United States to other countries," John Thomas, managing director of technology support for Texas Tech's IT Division, said.

The Russian-based app's privacy policy states it can transfer information about you from your country to the rest of the world. Your photos could also be used commercially overseas. 

The app's terms of service state it has "full" and "irrevocable" access to your content.

"So those things become either privacy issues or your own personal security issues, and so those things are spelled out in the terms of use, but if you never go in there, you may never know what they're doing with that information," Thomas said.

By uploading your photos to the app, you give the company permission to use your content in all media formats and channels "now known or later developed," as stated in its policy.

Thomas said it is a matter of personal preference, but you should always check the fine print before you use any app. He also said to read app reviews and see what others on the Internet are saying. That could save you from privacy concerns in the future.

"At least read through the terms of conditions where it talks about what information it's collecting, where it's storing it at and what they do with that information," he said.

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