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Virtual Legality Episode 75

Age-Old Controversy? A Lawyer Reads the FaceApp Terms of Use

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"VIRAL APP FACEAPP NOW OWNS ACCESS TO MORE THAN 150 MILLION PEOPLE'S FACES AND NAMES!"

"RUSSIANS NOW OWN ALL YOUR OLD PHOTOS!"

"APP BEHIND VIRAL TREND HAS DISTURBING TERMS AND CONDITIONS!"

"YOU SHOULD READ FACEAPP'S TRULY WILD TERMS OF SERVICE AGREEMENT BEFORE YOU USE IT!"

Breathless headlines aside, on that last point we can certainly agree.

If you are going to submit personal content of any kind, let alone your face, it certainly makes sense to read the contract you are implicitly signing when you do. But that's why you're here!

What do the FaceApp terms and conditions say about what they can do with the photos that you give them?

What do they really need to say given the copyrights each person holds in their own images?

What outwardly scary language really isn't?

And what language really should concern users but is barely being mentioned?

We never lack for breadth in...Virtual Legality.

#FaceApp #Privacy #VirtualLegality


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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
1:25 "What is FaceApp's AI ageing filter, and how do you use it?" PocketLint - July 17, 2019 - Cam Bunton (https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/148702-faceapp-ai ageing-camera-app)
3:45 "This is standard in policies where end users are allowed to share..." Tweet from @MonaIbrahim - July 17, 2019 (https://twitter.com/MonaIbrahim/status/1151463320714485760)
7:06 "Exclusive rights in copyrighted works" 17 USC 106 (https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/106)
10:52 Definition of "Adhesion Contract" Black's Law Dictionary (via enacademic)(http://blacks_law.enacademic.com/18929/adhesion_contract)
14:00 FaceApp Terms of Use Updated as of August 3, 2017 (https://faceapp.com/terms)
23:29 Instagram Terms of Use Updated as of April 19, 2018 (https://help.instagram.com/581066165581870)
43:41 FaceApp Privacy Policy Updated as of January 20, 2017 (https://www.faceapp.com/privacy)
49:38 "FaceApp Responds to Privacy Concerns" TechCrunch -July 17, 2019 - Natasha Lomas (https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/17/faceapp-responds-to-privacy-concerns/)

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