When users upload facial images to FaceApp, they relinquish control of sensitive biometric data to a program that does not require explicit consent to reuse their image, potentially placing users at risk for identity theft.
Protect Yourself When Using Applications
The NTIC recommends residents use the following guidelines to protect their data while using online applications.
Deleting the application does not prevent FaceApp from using data already uploaded. If you have already downloaded and used FaceApp, FaceApp accepts formal requests to delete data retroactively. Within the application: Settings> Report a bug and send logs > Use the word “privacy” in the subject line. Users may also email email@example.com.
Revoke an application’s access to personal information or a feature such as your camera or location. On an iPhone visit, Settings> Privacy> Camera (toggle on or off). On an Android visit, Settings> Apps> Configure Apps or App Settings> App Permissions.
Limit ad tracking. On an iPhone visit, Settings > Privacy > Advertising > Limit Ad Tracking. On an Android visit, Settings > Google > Ads > Turn on Opt Out of Ads Personalization.