Parents warned over photo app
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.