Par­ents warned over photo app

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - ATTACK ON SYRIA - By Holly Ban­croft and Si­mon Mur­phy

MOST par­ents are happy when they see their child tak­ing an in­ter­est in maths. But be­ware – a phone app that ap­pears to be a cal­cu­la­tor in fact hides se­cret pic­tures.

By en­ter­ing a four-digit code, chil­dren can un­lock a vault of im­ages and videos they have stored in the app. The Pri­vate Pho­tos (Cal­cu­la­tor%) app – which is rated suit­able for those aged four and above – can be down­loaded for free. Up­grad­ing to the full ver­sion al­lows users to take pho­tos of so-called ‘in­trud­ers’ who try to ac­cess the app with­out the cor­rect pass­word.

This is just one of sev­eral apps that chil­dren could use to de­ceive par­ents, in­clud­ing one that masks se­cret ma­te­rial with a piano im­age.

De­spite be­ing rec­om­mended for chil­dren, the Pri­vate Pho­tos (Cal­cu­la­tor%)’s preview on iTunes shows an al­bum with a photo show­ing a wo­man’s cleav­age.

Last night, po­lice in the UK warned about the app af­ter con­firm­ing it formed part of an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The main con­cern is that such apps could be used by chil­dren to hide and trade sex­ual im­ages. Dig­i­tal Mind Co Ltd, which pro­duced the app, could not be reached for com­ment.

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