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Privacy concerns after ZAO face-swap app goes viral in China

China is reckoning with its own consumer privacy scandal after a Deepfake-style app that lets users swap faces with celebrities and sports stars went viral over the weekend. 

After ZAO was released on the Chinese iOS app store on Friday it quickly went viral, clocking up millions of downloads and immediately drawing backlash over data privacy concerns, much like FaceApp, a similar app that went viral in July.


Facebook expands data abuse bug bounty programme to Instagram

Instagram users can now report app developers they believe are misusing their data as part of an expansion to the social network’s security tools.

The data abuse bounty programme is used to identify violations of policy around data use and rewards those who find and report abuses, the firm said.


Facebook denies claims of discrepancies in evidence to MPs

Facebook was asked by House of Commons select committee to clarify ‘concerns’ it had over evidence submitted by company executives Facebook has denied its executives gave contradictory evidence to a parliamentary committee that was investigating the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Chairman of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee Damian Collins… Read More


Microsoft admits contractors ‘can listen to some Skype calls via translation function’

A report claims to have obtained audio recordings which include intimate conversations between loved ones Microsoft contractors are able to listen to some conversations that go through Skype’s translation function, a report has claimed. While the tech giant states in its policies that it may analyse audio recordings to improve translations, it does not make… Read More


Apple admits contractors hear some user interactions with Siri

Interactions with Siri are analysed as part of quality control Contractors working for Apple hear a small portion of recordings from voice assistant Siri, the company has confirmed. The technology giant said part of its quality control involved maintaining and improving the virtual assistant. According to a report by the Guardian, contractors employed by Apple… Read More