FaceApp Old Age Filter Goes Viral. What You Should Know About Its Security Concerns

FaceApp Old Age Filter Goes Viral. What You Should Know About Its Security Concerns

Can you guess them? Yes, the famous Avengers team are also trying this feature of FaceApp.

The time may come for us all, but it came a lot more quickly over the last few days if our feeds are any indication.


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In the spirit of the FaceApp Challenge, people are sharing photos of themselves looking much older than they are, and it’s the handiwork of a phone app that can present an image of what you might look like 20 or more years older. 

The app is getting more and more popular and it's nothing new, as the famous celebrities of Avengers are also eager to know how they'll be looking in future. As for the FaceApp cost, it’s free.

With morphing your face in a photo to look older, you’ll have a menu of options to adjust your mouth to a smile among other things that will add a spark of excitement and magic to your selfie. Or, you can look younger if you like, or you can just look at an old picture.

Explaining how the app was built the CEO Yaroslav Goncharov said, “Its a  kind of relatively low level/general use libraries that can be used to build almost anything.” On adding he said, “It took us eight months to release the first version of FaceApp, and all credit goes to our prior background in deep learning and computer vision.”

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It’s not without its fair share of controversy and has even raised a concern about privacy given the photo access involved. While the privacy issues surrounding FaceApp have been prevalent, experts say this app isn’t that different than other apps that take data from users.

A computer science professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute Craig Shue tells the terms of service for this app to appear to be pretty consistent with similar apps that use the cloud still people have to decide how much of their data they’re willing to share.

“Its all about your tolerance for risk,” Shue says. “Its a  trade-off here where people might be using the app because it’s entertaining. That comes with the cost that you’re giving your data to some other company to what they want with it. The user is giving this third party company a very high-quality image of themselves that they can then do what they want with, In this case.”

Shue says, the app doesn’t appear to operate suspiciously.

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“People here generally don’t keep up with the laws in Russia, so they may think that they have more assurances about how their data is being maintained than what they actually do because its’ hosted in a foreign country,” Shue says.

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People who have concerns about FaceApp should also have them with other apps that take users’ data, says Lorrie Cranor, the director of CyLab, Carnegie Mellon University’s security and privacy institute,.

It's like you’re giving a blank check to the company.There's  a misconception in people's thinking that a privacy policy gives them protection but it usually doesn’t,” Cranor tells “Anytime you provide your image you never know what is going to happen with it.


Apart from security concerns this hasn’t stopped celebrities like Drake, the Jonas Brothers and Tim Tebow from getting in on the Face App challenge.