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Is FaceApp #AgeChallenge A Russian Security Issue?

Many people have been asking for the “old Kanye” and now they have it. Sort of. A new app has given us pictures of old men and women from youthful pictures. You may have noticed some of your favorite celebrities have aged through the #AgeChallenge on Instagram. It’s an app that takes your photo and digitally enhances it to an older aged person. It created many laughs online when people started seeing a wise and older Drake.

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While it is all fun and games, it may not be all that safe. Reports are coming in that claim that the digital app created in 2017 at Wireless Lab in St. Petersburg Russia, gives the developers—and possibly even hackers—access to your personal information.

The app’s terms and conditions allegedly include that they have the right to modify, reproduce, and publish the images you create through their app.

The New York Post reports that this means “They can also use your real name, your username or “any likeness provided” in any format without notifying, much less paying, you. They can retain that material as long as they want, even after you delete the app, and you won’t be able to stop them. Even those who set their Apple iOS photo permissions to “never,” as Tech Crunch points out, are not protected against the terms.”

FaceApp’s developers responded to the data-sharing allegations on Wednesday, maintaining they do not “sell or share any user data with any third parties,” and that no data is ever transferred to Russia. The company also stated, “Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date,”