These are the stories that drove the conversation today:
FaceApp responds to user concerns on privacy
Russian startup and AI-powered selfie-editing app, FaceApp, has responded to privacy concerns that it uploads users’ photos to the cloud — without making it clear to them that processing is not going on locally on their device.
According to a statement by the company, it confirmed that most of the processing needed to power its app’s beautifying/gender-bending/age-accerating/-defying effects are done in the cloud, but stressed that it “might” store the photos users have chosen to upload in the cloud for a short period, claiming this is done for “performance and traffic” — such as to make sure that a user doesn’t repeatedly upload the same photo to carry out another edit.
“All FaceApp features are available without logging in, and you can log in only from the settings screen. As a result, 99% of users don’t log in; therefore, we don’t have access to any data that could identify a person. We don’t sell or share any user data with any third parties,” the statement read.
Senate confirms appointment of new Chief Justice for the Federation.
The Senate has confirmed Ibrahim Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Justice Muhammad who had since 25th January occupied the office of CJN in acting capacity, was on Wednesday confirmed at a closed-door session of the upper legislative chamber after Senate leader, Abdullahi Abubakar, moved a motion for his confirmation.
Appointed as a Supreme Court Justice in 2006 after spending 13 years at the appellate court, Muhammad becomes the 16th head of the nation’s judicial arm since independence.