If you’ve seen a picture of your friends | with more wrinkles on the Internet in recent days, you probably witnessed the “magic” of the popular FaceApp app. The application can let a person photographed grow old for decades. Similarly, it is not a problem to let the subject become younger, to slightly adjust the visage or even to change the sex. Everything is really real, making the application a new viral sensation.
At first glance, an innocent jerk can have his dark side. Joshua Nozzi, a developer who published a tweet, said that FaceApp is sending photos of users to their servers without their permission. Subsequently, FaceApp was found to actually upload user photos, but only those that users would like to edit, as the application creators confirmed.
But there was still the question of why FaceApp was sending photos | of users outside of the mobile device when they could be edited directly on the smartphone. Even the fact that it is a Russian company whose servers are located in the US has not diminished the panic among users.
The developer Jane Manchun Wong, a specialist in reverse engineering, came up with a reasonable explanation. According to her, the development of FaceApp developers makes sense. Hide code that is used to edit photos on your own server means better security against code theft. At the same time, too many computational demands are placed on phones. Put simply, it is primarily about keeping a valuable competitive advantage for the company.
I can see why FaceApp choose to upload user’s photo to their server and process them in their server:
From a business perspective, the photo processing code in their server makes it hard for potential competitors from copying. It also makes piracy harder
However, the FaceApp story still doesn’t stop there. An American lawyer, Elizabeth Potts Weinstein, has also decided to put the case in the face of using FaceApp to mention that photos can be used for commercial purposes by the company. Lance Ulanoff, editor of Lifewire, said that Twitter has a de facto identical clause in the rules of use.
At the end of this security case, in view of the available information, it can be stated that the faceApp situation is not as serious as it seems, and there is no excessive security risk.