Deepfakes are a relatively new phenomenon, but they’re becoming ever more prevalent as our social worlds migrate further and further online. If you haven’t come across one before, the concept is pretty much what it says on the tin – fake videos of real people. They’re often created with the intention of humor, but the dangerous truth is that, when well made, they are difficult to discern from reality.
As many people grow more concerned with the ways their data privacy is at risk, there remains a lack of general awareness of exactly why we need to worry. We all know it’s creepy when we suddenly get ads for Mummy and Me classes after buying one baby shower gift. But in the end, as Gilad Edelman points out, “There is no human being snooping through your laundry, just a machine trying to sell you more stuff.”
Clubhouse, the latest invite-only, all-audio social network, is all the rage. But experts express serious concerns about how app users’ data is at risk. Is listening to your favourite celeb chatting live worth risking your personal info (or that of your entire address book)?
Singapore has confirmed that its police can access the country’s COVID-19 contact tracing data if they wish. This latest development seems unnecessary at best and evidence of a creeping state panopticon at worst.
Salaat First, an app that reminds Muslims when to pray, has been caught recording and selling users’ location data. The source who provided the dataset of precise user movements was concerned that such sensitive information could potentially be exploited by bad actors.