The ZAO app went viral on Chinese social media over the weekend. Photo: Sina

Chinese face-swapping app sparks privacy concerns soon after hugely popular release

  • ZAO allows users to superimpose their faces on images of famous actors
  • But a clause allowing developer to retain images and sell them to third parties is swiftly removed from user agreement after privacy concerns raised
Topic |   Apps

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The ZAO app went viral on Chinese social media over the weekend. Photo: Sina
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Cameras that use facial recognition technology are becoming more common around the world, but are they a breach of our civil rights? Photo: Alamy

Big Brother or necessary surveillance – does facial recognition tech infringe on our privacy and civil rights?

  • Police, governments and even shops around the world are keeping tabs on people through AI-assisted facial recognition systems
  • In the United States the FBI has 30 million citizens on its facial recognition database, while China’s is said to contain almost the whole population
Topic |   Artificial intelligence

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Cameras that use facial recognition technology are becoming more common around the world, but are they a breach of our civil rights? Photo: Alamy
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