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District Attorney Warns Parents About Sneaky Photo-Hiding Apps

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Quite a few parents got a rude awakening this past week after an Alabama district attorney released a video that reveals one way kids are hiding secret photos right under their parents’ noses.

34-year-old district attorney Pamela Casey of Blount County posted this short video to Facebook that warns of an iOS app called Private Photo (Calculator%):

Does your child have this app– Calculator%? You need to know what this app really is for— and it isn't for adding numbers! Check out this new video (less than 2 minutes)!

Posted by Blount County District Attorney-41st Judicial Circuit on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The app is just one of many that helps people keep a private photo collection behind the guise of some innocuous app (in this case a calculator).

On the iPhone’s home screen, Private Photo (Calculator%) looks like a perfectly ordinary calculator app — it even works as one. Punch in a secret code, however, and the calculator disappears, revealing a private photo collection that’s hidden away from public view… and parents.

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“Look at your child’s phone. If you see Calculator%, you’re going to want to talk to your child about what their secret code is,” Casey warns. “They have that code there to hide photos.”

It’s clear that parents are alarmed: the video has amassed over 10,000 Likes and 115,000 shares on Facebook in just a few short days after it was posted.

(via Pamela Casey via Mashable)

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