Viral Trend Over Social Media Poses Data Security Risk, Privacy Experts Say

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As FaceApp draws viral attention on social media for a popular service that allows users to post aged photos of themselves, privacy experts are warning that the Russia-based firm’s terms of service could pose a data security risk to consumers. (FOX NEWS Image)

(FOX BUSINESS) – As FaceApp draws viral attention on social media for a popular service that allows users to post aged photos of themselves, privacy experts are warning that the Russia-based firm’s terms of service could pose a data security risk to consumers.

FaceApp, which is owned by Russian startup Wireless Lab, uses artificial intelligence to alter selfies uploaded by its users.

The app, which is available on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, became a social media sensation this week, with countless users and celebrities, including comedian Kevin Hart and singer Carrie Underwood, posting photos of themselves that were edited using FaceApp.

As the trend went viral, data privacy experts noted that FaceApp’s terms of services and privacy grant the company rights to any uploaded photos, including for potential commercial use, and raised questions about how FaceApp uses and stores data.

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