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Have fun with FaceApp at your own risk

Viral image-editing app has privacy experts concerned about its access and usage of data

Movie stars, television hosts and many others have done it: Post photos of themselves looking old, after using FaceApp to edit their selfies.

The viral app, created by a Russian start-up, topped the charts on Google Play and the App Store over the past week. More than 12 million have downloaded it since July 10. A Forbes report said the app now owns access to more than 150 million faces and names.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 21, 2019, with the headline 'Have fun with FaceApp at your own risk'. Subscribe