Face App: Recipe for ID Theft

Face App: Recipe for ID Theft In recent days, my Instagram and Twitter feeds have been inundated with photos of people I know, who suddenly look much older than I remember them.

These friends have brought into the Face App craze.

Face App applies the computing power of artificial intelligence to recreate human facial features in a way that adds (or subtracts) years of natural ageing. The results are either remarkable or, in some cases, creepy.

Here’s the thing, though. To use the app you must upload a current image of yourself to the Face App servers. As with some other photo-sharing services, that brings risks to privacy and personal security of which most users are unaware.

Face App, however, takes these risks to a higher level.

The terms of use statement for the Face App service are quite clear on the following. (These are not quoted directly here, but the... click here to read the full editorial

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Mal Fletcher is a respected social commentator and social futurist who has been a media commentator and presenter for more than 25 years. He is often called upon for expert views on social issues for TV, radio, the press and web media in various parts of the world.

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