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Is Russia Using FaceApp to Collect Data on Americans?

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As FaceApp draws viral attention on social media for a popular service that allows users to age their photos of themselves, privacy experts are warning that the Russia-based firm’s terms of service could pose a data security risk to consumers.

As the trend went viral, data privacy experts noted that FaceApp’s terms of services and privacy grant the company rights to any uploaded photos, including for potential commercial use, and raised questions about how FaceApp uses and stores data.

According to FaceApp’s terms of service, users grant the company “a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use” content, including photos, without providing notice or compensation.

While no evidence has surfaced that FaceApp is misusing photos or other data, experts said the public should exercise caution when using the service, since the exact depth of FaceApp’s access and potential usage of data remains unclear.

Curated from Fox Business

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