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Installed FaceApp? You actually allowed them to access your personal photos and data

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If you haven’t heard about FaceApp, you are probably living under a rock or you’ve been ‘social media distancing’ for days now. 

The new trend makes a photo of a woman younger or older, or man, visa versa. 

NBA superstar LeBron James, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and Jonas Brothers’ Nick, Joe and Kevin have already used the app. 

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But a technology editor Art Samaniego warned app users against using it, as upon installing, it mentioned in the terms and conditions that you’re allowing the app makers to access your personal gallery and data. 

“Ibig sabihin noon pwede nilang gawin lahat tungkol sa un-upload mong picture, i-edit, ibenta. At wala kang magiging reklamo doon dahil nasa privacy policy nila na in-approve mo noong ginamit m yung app,” he told ABS-CBN News. 

He also warned users against apps and in social media that ask about their personal information such as birthday, location, and phone number or information about their families. 

He added that this may lead to stealing one’s identity. 

“Puwedeng manakay yung data mo or magpanggap silang ikaw. So nangyayari ito sa social media sa pamamagitan ng pagnaka ng data tungkol sayo. Sa pangalan mo, birthday ,mo, middle name mo, pangalan ng magulang mo. Pag nakuha iyan, puwede nang manakaw iyong identity mo,” he further added. 

Meanwhile, in a TechCrunch report, a representative from FaceApp clarified that they remove the uploaded photos after 48 hours. 

“Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date. We accept requests from users removing all their data from our servers. Our support team is currently overloaded, but these requests have our priority,” he said.

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got story to tell? Email him at eic@theglobalfilipinomagazine.com.

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