FaceApp and Facebook: Under the Magnifying Glass
FaceApp is Under Heavy Scrutiny After Making a Comeback
The U.S. government has aired its concerns regarding privacy risks with the new trending face-editing photo app, FaceApp. With the 2020 Presidential Elections campaigns underway, the FBI and Federal Trade Commission are conducting a national security and privacy investigation into the app.
On the other side, FaceApp has denied any accusations of data selling or misuse of user data. In a statement cited by TechCrunch, the company stated that “99% of users don’t log in; therefore, we don’t have access to any data that could identify a person”. Additionally, they made claims assuring the public that they delete ‘most images’ from their services within 48 hours of the image upload time. Furthermore, they added that their research and development team is their only team based in Russia and that their servers are in the U.S.
With everything going on in the world around privacy and user data misuse, we must ask ourselves; should we think twice before trusting apps like FaceApp?
Facebook to Pay $5 USD Billion in Fines
On Friday, July 12th, the FTC and Facebook finalized a settlement to resolve the Cambridge Analytica data misuse from last year, for a fine of $5 billion U.S. dollars. Unfortunately, concerns still arise over whether or not Facebook will even change any of their privacy policies or data usage after paying this fine. “None of the conditions in the settlement will impose strict limitations on Facebook’s ability to collect and share data with third parties,” according to the New York Times.
Although the FTC has approved this settlement, it still needs to get approved by the Justice Department, which rarely rejects agreements reached by the FTC.