Face and Hand Effects Privacy Notice
Face and hand effects are augmented reality features that react as people in the scene move, speak and express themselves. They include filters, masks, avatars and other interactive digital experiences. You can use these effects in your camera, photos and videos.
Information we use to make face and hand effects work
When you use face and hand effects, we need to show them in the right place in your camera, photos and videos and make some effects react to your gestures, expressions or movements. For example:
- If you use a cat mask, we need to make sure the ears appear on the top of your head and stay there as you move.
- If you use a filter that changes your eye color, we need to make sure that the tint stays fixed to your eye and doesn’t move onto parts of your skin.
- If you play an augmented reality game, we need to make sure that gestures like nods, blinks and hand movements can be used to interact with the characters and menus or make sounds.
- If you use an effect that dramatically zooms in on your face, we need to make sure your face stays centered in the frame as you move.
To do this, we estimate the location of parts of your face (like your eyes, nose or mouth) and points on your face, eyes or hands. For some effects, we apply these points to a generic model of a face and adjust it to mimic your facial expressions and movements. This information is not used to identify you.
What we do with this information
We don’t store this information on our servers or share it with third parties. The information may be stored on your device to make repeat experiences work better.
Using face and hand effects with other people
When you use face and hand effects, we may process information from images of other people who appear in your camera feed, photo or video.
Additional information for Texas and Illinois residents
If your Portal is in Texas or Illinois, you will need to turn on face and hand effects before you are able to access them. The first time you try to use face and hand effects, you'll be asked to turn these effects on.
- The Face and hand effects setting on a Portal is specific to that Portal, regardless of what type of account you use to sign in to Portal. Changes to the setting on a Portal will not affect the setting on any other Meta products and services, like Facebook, Instagram, or Messenger. Similarly, changes to the setting on other Meta products and services will not affect the setting on a Portal.
- Additionally, the Face and hand effects setting on a Portal is specific to each profile on that Portal. Changes to the setting on one profile will not affect the setting for any other profiles on that Portal.
You can change your Portal’s Face and hand effects setting as long as your Portal remains in Texas or Illinois. If the setting is turned off, you will still have access to other features.
If the information used to make face and hand effects work (described above) was stored on your Portal, it will be deleted within three years of your last use of the effect it was created for, or when you turn the Face and hand effects setting off, whichever occurs first.
By turning on effects, you agree that you will only use effects if all of the people who appear in your camera feed, photo or video have also turned on effects through their profile on Portal, or you are their legally authorized representative and consent to the terms of this notice on their behalf.
If you’re the parent of a child who uses Messenger Kids, please see the Messenger Kids Face and Hand Effects Privacy Notice.