I’m sure by this point, everyone has seen the app that makes you look like you’re about 70 years old. It’s funny to see the grandpa/grandma version of everybody, but what people don’t take into consideration is that this app could be doing more harm than good. FaceApp has been around for about two years now, but since many celebrities started using the app, it became a big hit. This week, however, brought about some new discoveries. Turns out the app was actually developed by the Russians, which automatically means a possible security risk. Remember the 2016 elections? Enough said.
Using artificial intelligence (AI), the app allows your face to change to a feature that you set it to. That’s the fun part. The scary part about the app is that it may be allowing some of your personal information to be obtained by others. That means your photos, text messages and emails could be fair game to the app company. According to the policy, FaceApp “cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to FaceApp or guarantee that information on the service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.”
Bob Lord, the Democratic National Convention (DNC) chief security officer, made comments regarding the app saying, “It’s not clear at this point what the privacy risks are, but what is clear is that the benefits of avoiding the app outweigh the risks.” He also said that if any political candidates have ever used the app, they should delete it right away, just in case.
With this info presented to you, why would you want to take chances just to see a wrinkled version of yourself? It’s better to be safe than sorry, so protect your stuff!
By Angel Brito, College of the Holy Cross, Freshman