FaceApp returned to the public consciousness today after it unveiled a retooled version of its old age filter. Celebrities across the internet were sharing what they would look like in their golden years. Everyone from the Jonas Brothers and Terry Crews on to Dwyane Wade and Drake took to the app to try on a few decades. Countless other people took the opportunity to age themselves and looking at the results it's hard to blame them.
However, the app from Russian tech company Wireless Lab comes loaded down with privacy concerns, It doesn't seem like much has changed there since the last time it went viral. Privacy expert David Vaile told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about the problem back then.
"They ask for way more rights than they need to offer the service to you, [they] can remove the data from any effective legal protection regime, share it with almost anyone, and retain it indefinitely," he said. "It is impossible to tell from this what happens when you upload it, that is the problem. The license is so lax. They can claim you agree they can send to wherever they like to whoever they like, and so long as there is some connection, [they can] do a lot of things with it."
App developer Joshua Nozzi warned that FaceApp can upload photos beyond the ones that you provide to it directly, however other security experts have questioned this claim.
The app's developers have since shared a statement answering several questions regarding privacy concerns: