Pause the Makeover: Your Photos and Info Aren't Safe With FaceApp

Admit it, using apps that can alter your looks or totally transform you into another person is a fun way to pass the time while in quarantine. Facial transformation app FaceApp has been making waves online, as all it takes is one selfie to see what you’d be like as the opposite gender. The end results are a mix of hilarious and impressive, but you might want to rethink using the app and sharing your makeover online.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) warned the public of FaceApp, as your private information and photos could be used to invade your privacy.

NBI Cybercrime Division Chief Victor Lorenzo said in a Teleradyo interview that a user’s private information could be compromised once a photo is uploaded.

“Pwedeng gamitin ng iba ‘yun for blackmail or what. May nagsasabing pwede rin sa espionage para tiktikan ka. Posible ‘yun pagka-enable ‘yung GPS ng cellphone natin,” he said.

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Aside from just collecting photos of people’s faces for blackmail, the app can also access a user’s other information such as location and phone model. Your friends and family members could also be affected, even If they don’t use the app or have it installed.

"Kahit nga halimbawa may targeted individual, wala siyang application na ganun pero may mga kamag-anak, mga kaibigan na may FaceApp, eh di makikita rin kung saan siya umiikot. Puwedeng pumasok 'yan sa identity theft at the same time kung may na-compromise kang photos, baka sa voyeurism papasok 'yun," Lorenzo said.

Should you find your privacy or information compromised while using FaceApp, Lorenzo said you can report it to the NBI.

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