FaceApp, the controversial filter app that lets you see how you’ll look like old age has returned to popularity in recent days, this time with the novelty that lets you know how you would look if you were of the opposite sex; However, despite looking like a fun idea, every time you use the app you could be putting yourself at risk and here we tell you why.
By agreeing to the terms and conditions of use on FaceApp you are authorizing the app to collect a large amount of information from your phone or computer, both your photos and videos, as well as the usage habits used to select the advertising ads shown to you.
Why could FaceApp be dangerous?
Since last year the application has received harsh criticism for compromising the security of its users for the large collection of information that requires its use. In the current terms and conditions, the app warns the following:
“FaceApp collects all user-generated content, whether photos or videos registered with your phone’s camera as other behavioral information through third-party analytics tools, cookies, and device identifiers to provide personalized content and advertising.”
Although FaceApp states that it will not share or sell your information, in reality it will be shared to those companies that become affiliates of the app, and they will be provided with device identification data, log files, data, location, among others.
In addition to that, each you access the application, it will record the type and version number of the operating system of your computer or mobile device, manufacturer and model, device ID, push tokens, Google advertising ID, Apple ID for advertising, browser type, screen resolution, IP address and website you visited before FaceApp.
If you access through Facebook you are also giving up your information
Accessing FaceApp through your Facebook account carries an extra risk, because the filter app will also take your first and last name, as well as the number of friends you have on the social network, so you could access all your online activity including the pages or screens you saw, how much time you spent on a page or screen and how they interact , in addition to access times and duration of access. “Our service providers and certain third parties (e.g. online advertising networks and their customers) may also collect this type of information over time and on third-party websites and mobile applications,” FaceApp warns.