FaceApp, after enjoying the overnight success also faced allegations around the use of their photos for commercial use and more. They have addressed these concerns.
One of the most important concerns raised by several users was the app storing all of users photos to their cloud after you grant them access to your Gallery.
FaceApp states that it performs most of the photo-processing on the cloud and they only upload the photo selected for editing. They added, "We never transfer any other images from the phone to the cloud."
The app also mentioned that the reason for uploading a photo on the cloud is to make sure the user doesn't have to upload photos repeatedly each time they edit it.
Another concern having political ties was the data being collected through the app was being sent to Russia. The app mentioned that although the core R&D team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia.
Responding to the worry of sale of data or any sort of its commercial use, the app said, "We don’t sell or share any user data with any third parties."
Jane Manchun Wong, Reverse Engineer tweeted that she didn't find anything fishy in FaceApp. She mentioned that an option for users to delete their photos from the server would be helpful.
Although, you can request the app to remove your data from their servers. The app remarked their support team is currently overloaded but these requests are their priority.
Additionally, the FaceApp team also stated that the app's features are available without logging in. So, 99% of users don’t log in; therefore, they don’t have access to any data that could identify a person.
The statements by FaceApp were first provided to and published by TechCrunch.
Every user has the liberty to choose or choose not to use the app. However, projections like, use of these photos by a third-party to fulfil motives such as the creation of fake social media profiles to manipulate elections seem plausible.