The police have placed a call on various local Facebook accounts advising to remove the FaceApp age app. The police do not find the app safe because it does not have to comply with European privacy legislation.
With the free FaceApp, users can upload a photo of themselves and see what they will look like when they get older. The app has been around for some time, but has become very popular since a few weeks. Thousands of Dutch people created an older version of themselves with the filter in the app, but that is not wise according to the Schagen police.
FaceApp is from a Russian app maker and this company does not have to comply with European privacy legislation, the police write. The appmaker can therefore not be fined on the basis of the General Data Protection Regulation (AVG) if it is careless with the data.
The police emphasize that the app not only saves your photo, but also places your IP address, smartphone data and cookies. That's why it's better to remove the app, police said.
Previous criticism of FaceApp
It is not the first time that FaceApp is under attack. Privacy advocates criticized the app's policy last week and advised not to install it.
Many free apps collect data from users. That way they can earn money by giving advertisers or other companies access to this data. In the European Union there are strict rules on how to deal with this, which also gives users the option to request and have that data removed.
Earlier in this article it was stated that only the Schagen police had placed the call. Several agencies have now taken over the call, the message has been supplemented.
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