Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Leonardo DiCaprio face-swapped out of popular films with Chinese Zao app

Chinese face-swap app triggers privacy fears after going viral Viral Chinese app loses face, but not fans, over privacy concerns
Russell Knight | 03 September, 2019, 13:36

What could be more exciting than seeing yourself starring alongside your favorite actor in a movie, music video, or TV program?

According to App Annie, a firm that tracks app downloads all over the world, Zao was the most downloaded free app in China's iOS App Store as of 1 September.

ZAO - a new Chinese app that lets users swap their faces with celebrities, sports stars or anyone else in a video clip - racked up millions of downloads on the weekend but swiftly drew fire over privacy issues.

One section of the user agreement stated that consumers who upload their images to ZAO agree to surrender the intellectual property rights to their face, and permit ZAO to use their images for marketing purposes.

Users provide a series of selfies in which they blink, open their mouth and make other expressions, which the app will then use to realistically morph the person's animated likeness onto movies, TV shows or other content.

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At the time of writing, the app's rating now sits at a score of 2.7 out of five; some reviews cite the earlier mentioned violation of privacy, while other reviewers felt that the app could use a few more video clips. "We thoroughly understand the anxiety people have towards privacy concerns", the company said.

After a deluge of negative reviews, the problematic clause has been removed from the app's privacy policy, and the developer says that it has deleted all images that have been uploaded by users. "We have received the questions you have sent us".

Furthermore, ZAO will also remove any data that users uploaded to the company's servers but subsequently deleted from the app. "To maintain a safe online environment, access to this page has been blocked".

ZAO can be download for free, but is now only available in Chinese App Store for iOS devices and not listed on the United Kingdom or US App Store or Play Store. While it's gone viral in China, the app is raising serious concerns over a perceived threat to user privacy.

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