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Popular profile picture app sparks privacy concerns

FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, a journalist uses her mobile device during a media event held in Beijing. Beyond setting up passcodes, some phones have additional tools for hiding or securing sensitive photos and documents. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) Ng Han Guan

Popular profile picture app sparks privacy concerns

Jenny Goldsberry May 13, 08:24 PMMay 13, 08:25 PM Video Embed

A new app creating a wave of cartoon profile pictures for social media platforms has also sparked privacy concerns.

NewProfilePic is an app by the Russian developer Linerock meant to recreate photos uploaded by its users. However, according to its privacy policy, it does share information with anonymous third parties.

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New users input their name, email, location, social media accounts, and pictures in order to get an edited picture in return. All of that information, plus the IP address, a numeric designation that could identify a user’s location, and browser type, is shared with the app’s affiliates.

The app makes money with ads and its $30 annual subscription. It is No. 1 on the photo and video chart on Apple’s app store, and more than 25,000 have rated it on the Google app store.

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Linerock has roughly 50 other apps with similar functions.

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