If you actively use social networks and instant messengers you may have noticed in recent days that many people are using an app to age or rejuvenate their photos.
Currently several offer this possibility, however, one of the most popular is, without a doubt, FaceApp, which delivers surprisingly convincing effects.
Proof of this is that it has been virtualized in recent weeks, gaining a rating of 4.8 stars in the App Store and beating the mark of the 482,000 reviews.
As with all apps that work with photo editing, there is a certain concern for privacy – are images sent or not sent to the company servers after all? The short answer is not all.
When we open FaceApp (an application that has already been in controversy ), it is necessary to grant permission to access our image library, once this is done, the photos are displayed in a grid so that the user can select over which one wants to apply the effects.
The good news is that not all the photos in the gallery are sent to FaceApp servers, only those that are edited by the application.
The information was proven by Will “Chronic Strafach (creator of the Guardian Firewall app for iOS), which analyzed network data to find out exactly what FaceApp did with our data:
I tried to replicate what many people are suspecting with FaceApp supposedly sending the entire photo library to their remote servers, but I have not seen this activity happen.
Despite the good news, again, the edited photos need to be sent to the app’s servers, seeing that the effects are applied remotely, not locally (so images need to be uploaded).
While it is not something that is really worrying to many users, the problem is that this information is not clearly explained in the application itself.
A lot of people are even aware that edited images will stop at servers so that information processing is done, so those most concerned about privacy should stay away from the app.
It would be interesting if strict transparency policies were charged to this type of app by Apple and Google, seeing that not everyone feels really comfortable using an app without knowing exactly what it does with personal data.