FaceApp, which can generate altered images that make users look decades older, has become a national obsession. The Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood and Kevin Hart have all taken the so-called FaceApp Challenge, along with tens of millions of others worldwide. But cybersecurity experts say FaceApp’s terms of service are raising red flags. “We just don’t know enough about this organization,” says author David Fergusson about FaceApp’s Russian creators.
According to the NY Post, "...the free “old age filter,” created in 2017 by developers at Wireless Lab in St. Petersburg, Russia, poses security concerns that may give them access to your personal information and identity." According to the app's Terms and Conditions, when you download the app you agree to grant the company permission to access your phone's photo gallery. But you also give permission to app creators to "modify, reproduce and publish any of the images you process through its AI."