You may have seen it already, but a new photo editing app called NewProfilePic Picture Editor is going viral on Facebook. However, the app, which allows users to make their pictures look like fancy illustrations, has already caused some experts to raise privacy concerns.
The company behind the app is based in Russia, which has led some users to wonder if it’s being used as a tool by the Russian government to collect user data. This does not appear to be the case, but some experts warn against sharing pictures with these kinds of apps regardless of where they’re based.
“People have to understand that even if a person or company has every good intention of not sharing data with a government, they can be compelled to do so anyway,” cybersecurity expert Bob Sullivan told CNET.
“I really think people are crazy to use this app or anything like it,” he continued. “You have no way of knowing where these images of you might end up in the future. For that reason alone, don’t do it.”
As the recent court cases in states like Illinois and Texas indicate, this kind of biometric data is extremely valuable to the organizations that collect it. It’s probably best to keep pictures of your face safe and secure without spreading them widely. After all, you never know how that data may be gathered.
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