You should think twice before using facial recognition apps

You should think twice before using facial recognition apps

Let’s not forget what happened with Zepeto.

Let’s talk about FaceApp. The latest in the string of weird trends to go viral on social media, the app uses your selfies to take eerily realistic projections of what you’d look like years in the future. 

And just like last month’s Snapchat filter that altered girls into guys (and vice versa), people went ham trying it out. My feed yesterday was filled with senior citizen selfies. The Jonas Brothers had a field day with it using their Paper cover shoot photos. BTS’s Kim Taehyung posted one looking like my 92-year-old lola. Heck, I even saw someone try it on her own lola. 

It was the perfect setting for you to pull that “you slept through 40 years!” prank on a gullible friend who for some reason was asleep and off social media (just me? Ok then). But now, some tech experts are warning that they’re also perfect vehicles to steal your data. 

As more of these viral trends come up, there’s also a heightened concern for safety and privacy. Most of the speculation came from the fact that the app is developed by a Russian company, which, honestly is nothing new in the realm of online trends. Remember the conspiracy theories surrounding cute avatar generator Zepeto and AI tracking last year? 

Others pointed to the fishy terms in the app’s privacy policy, granting it “perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide” access to your photos — which are similar to FaceApp’s, and well, most tech apps in general. 

In an age where we’re willing to give out information if it means getting a 20% discount (yes, that’s what you’re doing when you sign up for a newsletter!), should we even be alarmed? The amount of information we unwittingly share on a daily basis is crazy, so does being vigilant even matter? 

And at this point, who cares about what we’ll look like in 40 years if climate change wipes us out by then. *nervous chuckles*  


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