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Latest data privacy publications


King’s Cross estate management says facial recognition technology ‘not used since March 2018’

Facial recognition has not been in use around the King’s Cross area of London since March 2018, the site’s developers have claimed.

Usage of the controversial technology has been under the spotlight after UK data and privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it had launched an investigation last month.


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