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Brazil consumer rights agency notifies FaceApp, Apple, Google

The smartphone application simulates users’ aged faces

Published in 19/07/2019 - 11:59

By Bruno Bocchini São Paulo

São Paulo’s consumer rights agency Procon today (Jul 18) notified smartphone application FaceApp and technology giants Apple and Google, which control the online stores where the app is available. The companies, Procon reported, provide clarifications on the collection, storage and use of the data from app users.

“The license for the use of the application is reported to contain a clause authorizing the company to collect and share images and data provided by users, without specifying how or for how long. Also, these terms are not available in Portuguese,” the note reads.

FaceApp, available on Google’s PlayStore and Apple Store went viral on social media. The app edits uploaded pictures through filters, simulating users’ aged as well as female and male versions of their faces, among other photo enhancement features.

Specialists argue that using the app may pose a number of risks to users’ privacy and could violate Brazilian law as its terms claim the application is governed by foreign legislation.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira Edition: Liliane Farias / Nira Foster

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