What You Need To Know About FaceApp

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (KRLD) - We just can't resist the temptation of taking a peek at what we'll look like when we get older.

The popularity of FaceApp has exploded recently, but some are casting an eye of suspicion, citing privacy concerns.

CNET Editor-at-Large Ian Sherr said, "It allows you to take photos of yourself, and then manipulate them in various ways.  Of course, the most-popular just in the last couple of days has been this aging feature that it has.  A number of celebrities, including like Cardi B, have posted their 'aged' faces, and it's caused everyone to download the app and try it themselves."

The wrinkle with FaceApp:  It will ask for access to your photos.  Sherr said, "You don't actually have to give it access to your photos in order to use it.  You can just take a new photo, which is what I recommend.  At CNET, we always talk about making sure you know what your privacy settings are on your phone, and what apps you're giving access to your information on.  When you don't have a good reason to give them access to your photos, it's better not to."

Some users have also been alarmed to learn FaceApp is from a Russia-based developer.  Sherr said he's not too worried in this case, but he added, "It's always important to be careful, especially when you're dealing with companies that are overseas, because they follow different laws and rules than we do.  But, more often than not, just being careful is a good approach to everything."

The bottom line here - Sherr says it's perfectly fine to go ahead and have some fun with FaceApp.  Just remember, there is no reason to give the app full access to the photos on your device.  And, if you were frightened by the photos I shared above, please accept my apologies.​