You might be seeing these ‘selfies’ popping up everywhere on your socials and be wondering, where are they coming from?
Well the app is called Lensa AI and it works by you uploading 10-20 photos of yourself which then allows the app to create AI-generated selfies.
I spent like five minutes and found dozens of AI generated Lensa images with fucked up "signatures" in the corners. So they're not even trying to hide that all this shit is just pulling from real artists real work, huh? https://t.co/c38KCvCHgT pic.twitter.com/3ucAb0CoJS— Daniel Danger (@tinymediaempire) December 6, 2022
Now the worrying thing about this app is their Terms and Conditions which you could be forgiven for not reading, because lets be honest, who does.
So we’ve done all the reading for you and here are the parts that may concern you, by uploading your photos you therefore agree to the ‘company license’, which potentially gives the app permission to use your photos in anyway they want.
Lensa’s conditions say that, “Lensa may allow you to upload, edit, create, store and share content, including photos and videos (User Content”).
Everyone using this new AI Lensa for selfie portraits…They own the rights to your face in perpetuity. pic.twitter.com/qCtcpJlJTB— Cat Staggs 🦉🥧🦃🦌🥃🍂 (@CatStaggs) December 3, 2022
“We do not claim ownership over your User Content. However, in order to provide you with the services (e.g., to make our services accessible to you), we seek a legal permission from you to use your User Content.”
“You give us such a permission by means of a Company License, as defined below.”
Ok I’ve been seeing people posting about the privacy issues with Lensa AI, and I thought I’d share some helpful tidbits from the TOS and privacy notice:— Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (@IBJIYONGI) December 4, 2022
1. You’re helping them train their AI
2. They convert your photos to face data, which they claim to not retain BUT if you worry
But, there is some good news, you can terminate your agreement to these terms at any point in time by deleting the content from the app or deleting your account.
You can also contact the company at anytime to do the same on ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.