Face-changing ‘FaceApp’ raises security, privacy concerns 變臉程式「FaceApp」 引發資安及隱私疑慮


Russia-based face-changing application “FaceApp” took social media by storm last summer, as people used its filter to find out how they’d look like when they get old. Now, the app is back again with a gender-swapping function that transforms photos of faces into a different gender, and the filter has gone viral.

FaceApp may be a fun tool, but such facial recognition apps raise security concerns, and they could pose a threat to your privacy. Late last year, the FBI even issued a warning about the app, which enjoys access to millions of photos, calling FaceApp and some other apps developed in Russia a “potential counterintelligence threat.” To dispel doubts, FaceApp has clarified that photos will be deleted after editing.

“Photos remain in the cloud for 24 to 48 hours after you have last edited them,” the company claims, adding that it only uses third-party cloud providers to process its photos — such as Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services.

Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Liberty Times 照片︰自由時報記者簡榮豐

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)



Photo courtesy of a netizen. 照片: 網友提供

該公司並宣稱︰「照片被編輯後,只會停留在雲端伺服器二十四至四十八小時。」還強調,只使用第三方雲端供應商來處理照片—像是Google Cloud Platform和Amazon Web Services。



1. application (app) n. 應用程式 (ying4 yong4 cheng2 shi4)

2. filter n. 濾鏡 (lu4 jing4)

3. facial recognition phr. 臉部辨識 (lian3 bu4 bian4 shi4)

4. privacy n. 隱私 (yin3 si1)

5. potential adj. 潛在的 (qian2 zai4 de5)

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