A warning has been issued over an app, called New Profile Pic, which allegedly ‘sends data over to Moscow, in Russia’.
The popular picture editing program allows users to upload a photo of themselves onto the software, which results in a hand-drawn style image of themselves.
According to Mail Online, its company, Linerock Investments, is reportedly based close to Russia’s Ministry of Defence.
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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Offshore Leaks database reports that it is also ‘registered in Moscow’ and has a Russian director.
Jake Moore, who is a global cybersecurity advisor for ESET Internet Security, has reportedly told the news outlet: “This app is likely a way of capturing people’s faces in high resolution and I would question any app wanting this amount of data, especially one which is largely unheard of and based in another country.”
Allegedly, the app – which is believed to have been launched in May – allows the sending of a user’s data (which includes location).
Its policies reportedly state: “We collect certain personal information that you voluntarily provide to us.
“We collect your name, email address, user name, social network information and other information you provide when you register.”
The app’s description reads: “The world around us is fast-paced and always evolving. In this ever-changing world, why stick to one profile pic on your social media? Let it be different, always new and… made by AI.
“The New Profile Pic app lets you change your user image style as often as you want. Dare to be different, with a profile pic that reflects your current mood or state of mind. Impress your friends on social media and keep them interested in what’s coming next!”
A spokesperson for the app is believed to have told MailOnline: “We are a BVI company with development offices in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.”
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