New Privacy and Data Protection Concerns Emerge as the Popularity of AR/VR Applications Grows

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3Q 2019 | IN-5569

 

FaceApp's Privacy Issues Highlight AI and AR/VR Issues

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The Artificial Intelligence (AI) selfie app FaceApp, which allows users to edit their selfies and see themselves younger, older, or with different hair styles and facial features, was launched in 2017 by a Russian startup called Wireless Lab. Recently, the app captured users’ attention and became the top free app in Apple’s App Store. However, a number of privacy concerns arose regarding users’ data and the company’s privacy policy, which mentions that the app can access a user’s location, IP address, and log file information for targeted advertisements. The app also stores selected and edited photos in the cloud rather than locally on the device. Another concern that came up, but ultimately faded away, was that the app leverages users’ photos to train facial algorithms, which is expected; FaceApp is not a unique example that needs to address privacy issues, but it is a good chance both for users and businesse...

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