By Gabriela Baron
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto cautioned those who are using their photos on the popular face-altering application.
“Paano kung may gumamit lang ng mga picture mo na wala namang permiso (What if someone uses your photo without your permission)?” Sotto wrote on Twitter Saturday.
The Pasig Mayor issued the warning amid the proliferation of edited versions of people’s faces via FaceApp.
Responding to a netizen’s query if he is starting to get annoyed on FaceApp, Sotto tweeted: “Nakakatuwa sya. Hindi po ako naiinis. Pero kung babasahin nyo yung thread na ni-quote ko makikita nyo kung bakit may pangamba ang iba sa mga app tulad nito (I find it funny. I am not annoyed. But if you will read the thread I quoted above, you will understand why I am raising my concern over the use of apps like these).”
Personal data, he said could be used by people with bad intentions.
“The way it appears to me, apps like FaceApp don’t pose a [new] danger. It’s not that difficult to get/steal pictures and data from people. The scary thing is the speed and scale at which they can now do it, while we unknowingly help them,” Sotto said.
“Kumbaga… dati nang may naho-holdap, pero ngayon, ikaw ang nag-imbita sa holdaper at nag-posing ka pa muna bago ka holdapin… at binigay mo rin pati gamit ng mga kaibigan mo (It’s like inviting a robber, posed for a photo before they rob you and you also gave away your friends’ belongings),” he ended.
The app is popular among netizens who use it to morph their faces or those of public figures. Using the software, a user can change the gender or add features like beards or wrinkles.
However, several experts have raised alarm on the terms and conditions of the Russian-developed FaceApp.