After users reported that the new pop-up selfie camera on vivo’s flagship NEX has been popping up by itself and taking unwanted selfies, users have discovered another potential privacy issue on vivo’s phone, only this time it’s connected to Baidu’s voice input app (百度输入法). Users broke the news that Baidu’s app was active and recording when the voice input app is not active, TechNode’s Chinese sister site is reporting.

Baidu has responded saying that vivo’s system mistakenly judged that the voice input app has started recording when, in fact, the app has been optimizing itself against preheating of the microphone and speeding up the app launch. The app also tries to optimize word recognition before user feedback. Baidu also noted that other brands and models have not reported any similar issues.

Vivo’s peeking selfie camera has exposed that certain apps are indeed spying on users. One Weibo user posted a video of using messaging app Telegram showing a Vivo Nex the hidden selfie and retracting it. Other users reported similar issues while using Tencent’s QQ Browser and Ctrip’s app for booking travel and accommodation.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.