Oct 8, 2018

Facebook Portal video chat screens raise privacy concerns

Facebook is launching two video call machines for the home in the midst of its latest data breach scandal. The devices rely on Facebook Messenger to make and receive calls and also feature Amazon's Alexa smart assistant. The lower-end model - which is just called Portal - has a 10.1in 720p display and less powerful speakers. Facebook says it does not record, listen to, view or otherwise analyse the content of calls on its servers, and the data involved is encrypted. Last month, it emerged US law officers had recently tried and failed to force Facebook to let them wiretap a criminal gang's Messenger voice calls.

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