Is FaceApp Secretly Stealing Your Data?

by | Jul 26, 2019


Is FaceApp Secretly Stealing Your Data?There’s a new app that lets you alter your identity; but its creators might be using the app to steal it.

You’ve probably heard of the FaceApp challenge currently exploding on social media. If you haven’t heard of it you’ve probably seen the altered images of celebrities, your friends and even yourself.

But if you’ve been living under a rock, FaceApp is something you download so you can see what you’ll look like down the line, or remove some wrinkles and test out a beard.

It first came on to the scene in 2017 but is gaining steam thanks to celebrities aging themselves and challenging others to do the same. But experts say it might not be all fun and games. That’s because according to the app’s terms of services it has the ability to collect information from your device including the websites you visit and other information it thinks might help improve its service.

The app creators say there is no intent to misuse your information but there’s another catch; the app is based in Russia, and we all remember twenty sixteen.

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