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Experts warn FaceApp users on privacy concerns

A social media flood of pictures of computer-aged celebrities, including Drake and Stephen Colbert, has boosted the popularity of the "FaceApp Challenge." But privacy experts are raising concerns about the image-altering service's expansive terms of use. The app offers a range of facial image manipulations from adding facial hair to changing genders and age and its terms of use include granting the rights to reproduce, modify, publish and share photos and other user content. Privacy expert Ann Cavoukian says that FaceApp's potential sharing of photos and other information with third parties are especially concerning. Cavoukian says users should be wary about apps that share something as personal as one's face because it may be used in ways users didn't intend. The app, launched by a Russian company in 2017, had previously drawn criticism for offering the ability to change the ethnicity of users' photos. An option the company removed FaceApp has issued a statement clarifying that it only uploads photos to the cloud that users have selected. The statement added that those who don't want identifying information shared can bypass signing in. (The Canadian Press)