Skeptical Of Big Tech? Be More Careful With Your Data

The Federalist | 7/19/2019 | Emily Jashinsky
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One non-regulatory way to help correct the excesses of Big Tech is for us to become smarter users. Say, hypothetically, an app offers a glimpse at what you might look like several decades down the road, all in exchange for one picture. It seems innocent enough.

Before forking over your image, however, consider the totally random possibility that a Russian company would be granted “a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you.” Hypothetically, of course.

Excerpt - FaceApp - Terms - Use - Droves

That’s actually an excerpt from FaceApp’s Terms of Use, which now apply to the droves of users who took advantage of the application’s impressive technology to age their faces years into the future as part of the mega-viral #FaceAppChallenge this week. Several outlets have investigated the app’s data-harvesting practices.

FaceApp’s CEO told the Washington Post this week that it doesn’t “sell or share any user data with any third parties,” although the Post reporter helpfully noted that’s aside “from what it shares with trackers from Facebook and AdMob.”

Executive - Pictures - App - Hours

The executive also claimed most pictures are deleted from the app within 48 hours,...
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