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China’s WeChat app was found to ‘sneak’ at user photo vaults

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China's WeChat app was found to 'sneak' at user photo vaults

China’s WeChat app announced it would stop “sneakily” scanning users’ photo vaults after the behavior was exposed by a famous internet user.

The South China Morning Post reported on October 9 that WeChat, China’s largest messaging app with 1.25 billion monthly active users, was found to be scanning customers’ photo vaults even when not turned on. This behavior was revealed by Weibo user Hackl0us.

 

According to Hackl0us, Tencent Holdings’ WeChat app will regularly scan the photo library for up to a minute each time it runs in the background. The attached screenshot shows WeChat “sneakily” viewing photos every few hours.

 

This activity was detected through the “Record App Activity” feature on iOS 15 operating system released by Apple last month.

 

The South China Morning Post quoted a WeChat representative as saying that the app only scans the photo vault after the user grants permission, and the operation is only performed on the phone to help users send photos “faster and smoother”. The representative said this behavior “will not continue in the new version” of the app.

 

Hackl0us later said that Tencent ‘s QQ messaging app and Alibaba Group Holding’s Taobao shopping app, with about 900 million monthly active users, were also found to regularly “sneak” at users’ photo galleries.

Taobao and QQ did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

 

Hackl0us harshly criticized the behavior of applications because these are private images. Besides, scanning images will take up memory and consume battery. Hackl0us suggests users to stop granting app permissions in system settings.

 

The incident has raised concerns among Chinese netizens about an invasion of privacy, even after WeChat has promised not to continue the practice.

 

In recent years, big tech companies in China have come under increasing pressure to deal with privacy issues. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has been regularly monitoring the privacy issues of apps since 2019. So far, the agency has identified more than 1,300 apps that illegally collect people’s information.

The Personal Information Protection Law that takes effect next month in China will be one of the strictest data protection laws in the world. Last month, the Data Privacy Law went into effect, also forcing data processing activities to comply with stricter legal requirements.

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Ronaldo Asks Man Utd board to Replace Solskjaer with Zidane

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Ronaldo Asks Man Utd board to Replace Solskjaer with Zidane

According to El Chiringuito, Cristiano Ronaldo has advised Manchester United’s board to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Zinedine Zidane.

Following a 4-2 loss to Leicester City on Saturday, Solskjaer has been under greater scrutiny.

The Red Devils have lost three matches in the Premier League.

United’s leadership is said to have given Solskjaer their full support, believing the 48-year-old would enhance the team’s performance.

Senior officials at Old Trafford, on the other hand, are weighing their alternatives and have identified him as a viable contender, based on Ronaldo’s proposal.

According to the report, Zidane has met with United’s management, but he is interested in succeeding Didier Deschamps as France’s new head coach.

It’s also been reported that Zidane was approached by both PSG and Newcastle United, but the former Real Madrid manager declined both offers.

 

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Tinubu will be a presidential candidate for the APC, according to a lawmaker

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Tinubu will be a presidential candidate for the APC, according to a lawmaker.

Hon Gbolahan Yishawu, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, has stated that the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is ready to nominate Bola Tinubu, the party’s national leader, as its presidential candidate in 2023.

The outcome of Saturday’s State Congress, according to Yishawu, demonstrated that they were ready to appoint Tinubu the APC’s flag bearer.

The legislator, who represents Eti-Osa II, made the statement immediately after the congress, which took place at Lagos State’s Mobolaji Johnson Arena Stadium.

The success of the Congress, according to Yishawu, demonstrated that internal democracy was here to stay.

He praised party members for maintaining peace and order throughout the congress’s conclusion.

“As you can see here, everything is peaceful and orderly, and the rules and regulations of the party are being played according to the party’s constitution, and we are upholding all democratic and pragmatic stakeholders of today, internal democracy is working in the All Progressive Congress party,”

he said.

“For us in Lagos State, the Congress demonstrates that we are one and unified, and that we can galvanize ourselves, and by God’s help, our wish is for our leader, Aisiwaju Bola Tinubu, to be the party’s presidential candidate in 2023.”

Tinubu is rumored to be eyeing the presidency in 2023.

Posters have been seen in certain states, and a campaign office has been established in Abuja.

Despite the outpouring of support from his fans, the former governor of Lagos State has stayed mute about his presidential ambitions.

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Oko Chukwu, the Deputy Governor of Abia, salutes Ikpeazu, at 57 and pledges his support.

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Oko Chukwu, the Deputy Governor of Abia, salutes Ikpeazu, at 57 and pledges his support.

Rt. Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, the Deputy Governor of Abia State, has praised his boss, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, for their overall cordial relationship and synergy.

He restated his sincere commitment to continue to support and collaborate with Ikpeazu in all of his efforts to provide the people of the state and Nigeria with a strong and effective democratic government.

The praise was contained in a statement issued by the Deputy Governor and made available to journalists in Umuahia on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Obasi Okibeh Onwukah, congratulating Governor Ikpeazu on his 57th birthday on Monday.

Oko Chukwu said it was thrilling to be a part of the Abia administration, which has been led by Governor Ikpeazu since 2015, especially because of the state’s historic successes in all areas of the economy, which have substantially improved the state’s face and fortunes.

According to him, there are a thousand and one plausible reasons to thank and appreciate God for the clean bill of health he has bestowed upon the State Chief Executive, adding that his entire family is relying on God’s divine assurance to confidently declare that Kinetic Governor will continue to celebrate many more glorious birthdays ahead in stronger and healthier condition.

While congratulating him on his 57th birthday, the Abia Deputy Governor prayed that God Almighty would sustain and empower him in everything that he does in order to positively and effectively lead Abia State to higher heights for the glory of God and the common welfare of humanity.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated Governor Ikpeazu on his 57th birthday milestone on Sunday.

To honor the Abia Governor, the President joined the whole Ikpeazu family, their friends, and acquaintances.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, made the announcement on Sunday.

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