There is no doubt you have already heard about FaceApp because it has been getting a lot of attention lately – It is an app that transfers your face to an older version by using a picture of your choice.
However, people have been talking about it a lot, not only because of the “great” features it provides but because of its security concerns. That’s because the app would process all of your photos by storing them in a cloud, which is bad!
But, did you know that FaceApp is not the only application that tries to collect your personal data?
When it comes down to it, this app is only one out of many that examine your pictures in one way or another.
Even though not all companies collect the same info, but the majority know about you more than you expect, including your browsing history, details about your face, your geographic location, and more.
Since it first showed up, we all have been excited to share our “best” pictures on Facebook so our friends can see them, like them, and comment on them. As we were satisfying our ego, this app has been doing other plans…
Facebook has been using a technology that analyses the pixels in videos and pictures in order to calculate a unique number. Once different pictures or videos are shared, they do a quick comparison, and once they find a match, they will recognize you!
In other words, they can identify human faces, but thankfully, now you can turn off that ability in the settings.
Plus, Facebook will always know where you are and what device you are using the second you log into the app!
Instagram also uses the same feature of Facebook, which is using the technology of face recognition, but it allows you to opt-out.
The Data Policy of this app also claims that their systems process communication and content automatically in order to analyze context and everything in them, including people you follow, pages you follow, and hashtags you follow.
They also monitor information like the window you have opened the app is in background or foreground, the apps you use on your device, and all the Family Device IDs that you could be linked to.
This one goes only for iOS users:
WhatsApp lately added a feature for all Apple users to use facial recognition software to log in, which is an extension of Apple FaceID software. WhatsApp claims that this feature would keep your messages and conversations private, but also, it will connect your phone number to the systems of Facebook.
In August 2016, WhatsApp blog post mentioned that Facebook can provide better friend suggestions, and also, when you have an account with them, it will show relevant ads!
If you don’t have an issue with this, then just keep using your WhatsApp account as you usually do. If not, then we recommend you to delete it!
According to the Help and Customer Service website of Amazon, each photo you upload through your account of Amazon Prime will automatically be analyzed to recognize objects, faces, and locations. Of course, this is a good option if you like to store your picture and have them organized automatically.
Amazon claims that they would never share your pictures analysis with other entities, but if your main concern is the automatic analysis, then you can turn off this service.
Google, on the other hand, collects all of your information and the searches you make, even the deleted ones. It also has your YouTube history, which means you are no stranger to Google at all!
Flickr is an old website that many people have been using back in the day, and there is a high chance that you still have an account there now.
However, Flickr turned out to save some of your data, and this saving includes the facial recognition technology that helps tag your pictures automatically. But, it also means that it analyzes your photographic data.
The software and hardware you are using to take and upload your pictures are also collected by Flickr.
If you are suspecting another app, then don’t hesitate to read through their privacy policies and disclaimers in order to know everything they know about you!