Another app with privacy concerns: TikTok, a popular video app with ties to China

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The resurgence of St. Petersburg, Russia-based FaceApp has sparked renewed concerns about online privacy, and popular video app TikTok is also raising red flags among security experts. TikTok, which is owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, crossed the 1 billion mark for worldwide installs on the Apple App Store and Google Play, according to data published in February 2019 by Sensor Tower, an analyst group that focuses on the mobile market. But many users don't know it is owned by a Chinese firm, according to CNBC. Experts told the outlet this is an intentional strategy that many Chinese technology firms use as they break into U.S. markets. "Overall, there is low awareness about the origin of these apps," Hanish Bhatia, senior analyst at Counterpoint Research, told CNBC in April.


Faceapp CAN'T access your camera roll

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Security experts have said that the Russian owners of FaceApp don't have access to your camera roll but said the viral app'might store' the image that you modified. Cyber experts Checkpoint and various other research teams have ran a check on the app and said they couldn't find any evidence that it was stealing user data. FaceApp also addressed the privacy concerns saying the main reason they store the uploaded photo in the cloud is for'performance and traffic'. In the statement, they said that while the app's'core R&D team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia'. Their statement comes after security fears were raised after some experts warned that it could access, store and use images from your gallery, without permission.


FaceApp's privacy concerns: How the app compares to Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat terms

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The old age filter on photo-editing app FaceApp is taking over the internet. If you think FaceApp's terms and conditions are scary, you might want to check out Facebook's, or any other social networking website for that matter. It's undeniable that FaceApp is having a moment right now. It's the reason why everyone on your timeline seems to have aged 60 years over-night as fans use the hashtag #faceappchallenge to share their transformations online. But as people in the U.S. use the selfie-editing tool to make themselves appear older and crinklier, controversy has been sparked over how the Russian startup handles user privacy.


Russians now own all your old photos

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They're taking part in a viral trend that has, for a second time, swept across the internet. Face App invites users to "transform your face using Artificial Intelligence with just one tap!" "Add a beautiful smile," it says. When you are 80 and still want to go to Hogwarts #FaceApp pic.twitter.com/FWte99Ojfr According to the terms and conditions users agree to when they purchase the app, they "grant Face App a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide" license to "use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute and display your content". Lawyer Elizabeth Potts Weinstein was concerned enough to share a screenshot of the terms with a warning.


FaceApp: Security fears over Russian ageing app, experts warn

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The'FaceApp' viral trend which takes your picture and re-imagines you with an extra 50 years on the clock may be exposing its users to its Russian developers. Experts are warning of security concerns with FaceApp, made in 2017, which puts a filter over your face, as it has permanent access to your photos. Concerns focus around a questionable clause in the app, which can access, store and use images from your camera roll, without your permission. Experts are warning of security concerns when using FaceApp, a new social media craze that augments your face to make you look like an old person. Here, an example of how the app transforms your face.