We don’t keep the photo on How-old.net, says Microsoft

The new How Old Do I Look website how-old.net has gone viral on the social media and become a craze among those wanting to find out how old they actually looked. While the results may not always be accurate, it is fun using the service from Microsoft.

Microsoft recently released a Face detection API. Based on this API, it took a couple of developers just a day to put this website together. This website allows users to upload their photograph. The API then tries to guess the age and gender of any faces recognized in that picture.

The Terms of Use for the website stated that:

… by posting, uploading, inputting, providing, or submitting your Submission, you are granting Microsoft, its affiliated companies, and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses…

This is enough to make anyone believe that Microsoft was free to use your pictures uploaded on How-Old.net:

However, possibly based on the news reportage, Microsoft has felt the need to clarify on this issue, and has therefore, just added a Post Scriptum on its home page:

PS: We don’t keep the photo.

dont keep photo

This may make a lot of people feel easy, when uploading their photos, to find out how old they actually look. Do try out the service if you haven’t done it, so far.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.