Instagram QR codes roll out worldwide scans from any camera app

Instagram QR codes - Instagram Logo on Mobile Phone

The social media platform is bringing quick response barcodes to all users of its app. Instagram QR codes are being rolled out for app users around the world, allowing them to generate barcodes that can be scanned by any camera app with scanning capabilities. The feature was originally launched in the social media app for users in Japan in 2019. The idea is to allow businesses to be able to print their Instagram QR codes for display. That way, customers can use their camera apps or barcode scanning apps to…

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Woolworths QR code contact tracing strategy to reduce chance of COVID-19 spread

QR Code contact tracing - Woolworths supermarket

The grocery chain is also using mobile commerce tools to let customers book a shopping time. Woolworths has announced that it will start a pilot test of a QR code contact tracing strategy. It will also use its Rewards data where possible to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 among its shoppers. Customers can volunteer to take part in this tracing initiative by scanning a quick response code. To take part in Woolworth’s QR code contact tracing trial, customers will be offered the opportunity to scan a quick response barcode…

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Clearview AI to end contract with Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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The facial recognition company is halting the sale of its software across the country. Clearview AI has announced that it will no longer continue Canadian market sales of its facial recognition software. This includes bringing an end to the contract the company had with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The cessation of Clearview AI’s Canadian operations includes stopping the sale of its facial recognition software to the RCMP, the country’s national law enforcement. This, according to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner in Canada. In February, Canadian privacy officials launched…

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India launches widespread Chinese app ban, citing security concerns

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Among the applications that have been blocked in the country is the popular TikTok. The Indian government has implemented a sweeping Chinese app ban in the country, taking away dozens of mobile applications, including TikTok. The country cited security concerns such as data and privacy issues associated with the applications. This new Chinese app ban has arrived at a time in which geopolitical tensions between the two countries have been particularly high. In June, at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a confrontation with Chinese troops. The region is…

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Pandemic stay-at-home orders give mobile shopping apps a boost

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When stores closed their doors, consumers picked up their phones to keep buying what they need. Even as stores remain closed in many areas, mobile shopping apps have provided a popular alternative to in-store purchases, say the results of a new Liftoff and Adjust study. According to the research, engagement with consumers over these applications is up 40 percent. Liftoff, an app marketing specialist, and Adjust, a fraud prevention firm, have recorded a significant increase in activity on mobile shopping apps since the pandemic crisis struck. According to the data…

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