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New Chinese deepfake face-swapping app draws backlash over privacy concerns

Written by Nick Dinsmoor

December 1, 2019

AI

New Chinese deepfake face-swapping app draws backlash over privacy concerns

Zao, a new free deepfake face-swapping app has the ability to place your likeness into a TV or movie scene after uploading just a single photograph of yourself. Just like the FaceApp aging app released earlier this summer, the creators of Zao are also facing backlash over threats to user privacy. According to Bloomberg, the app‚’s privacy policy includes a clause which states the developer receives a “free, irrevocable, permanent, transferable, and relicense-able” license to all user-generated content. Whether your photos are being used for better ad targeting or training AIs for better facial recognition… someone is profiting off this free app and it’ certainly not the user.

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