So we’ve all had a lot of fun this week with Meitu; the photo-editing app from China that can turn you into an adorable hand-painted doll-like version of yourself. And hasn’t it been great to see how cute our favourite YouTubers look?
Fun, right? Okay, good. Now delete it. Seriously, delete the app. Like, now. We’ll explain once you’ve done it.
Have you deleted Meitu? Good, let’s move on to the why…
So it turns out that, despite its cutesy innocent exterior, Meitu has some pretty heckin’ sinister stuff going on in the backend. And this isn’t your standard “see what you post on Facebook” kind of privacy – we’re talking full access to your phone.
This user noticed a long list of permissions Meitu requests; and these include the ability to track your precise location via GPS, and change display AND audio settings. But most importantly (and most dangerously), the app can glean information about your phone; specifically, your IMEI number.
IMEI is a unique code on your phone which, in the wrong hands, can be a starting point for intercepting your calls and text messages; and even clone your phone.
So yeah; before things get bad, make sure the app is deleted from your phone. I promise if you’ve already done one picture, then you probably won’t miss it anyway…