A little uproar the past couple of weeks over the FaceApp, the app that lets you submit a picture of yourself and then lets you see yourself in a different light, be it a change in hairstyle, age or facial hair.
Someone voiced concern in a tweet over the apps terms and conditions spreading speculation that the app company, based in Russia, is accessing all the photos on our phones and doing who knows what with them. Concerns have been raised about privacy and about facial recognition programs.
Since the headlines asked, “can the FaceApp be trusted,” some have gone in search of the answers, which have dispelled the initial uproar about the app helping itself to all your photos. Those who did their research, instead of falling victim to the conspiracy theories are convinced there is nothing sinister taking place.
All of this provides two lessons for us.
One, maybe we should be more careful about reading the terms and conditions of the apps we put on our phones. Let’s be honest, most of us tap the “I agree” box without even glancing at the legal mumble-jumble put before us. Occasionally you are forced to scroll down a bit before an app lets you click “I agree” and you have to agree to get the app. Give some thought to what you want or don’t want apps to glean from your phone.
Two, we should always go to the source, ask questions, read both sides of issues and concerns. With social media, one tweet can start a scenario such as the one that has played out the past couple weeks with the FaceApp.
Always be careful with your personal information and always take care to educate yourself and not rely on social media and headlines.