When it comes to聽managing our finances聽to meditating celebrity style, we like to turn to smartphone apps.聽We聽count on 鈥檈m聽to simplify our lives 鈥 so we have time to focus on the things that really matter.聽Recently, a new selfie app from China called Meitu has been going viral with it鈥檚 鈥渁nime鈥 filtering. You might have seen photos popping up all over the internet, and it鈥檚 all fun and games until your private information gets leaked.

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Meitu isn鈥檛 a new app. Its ability to smooth your skin, digitally apply makeup and adjust your features has been ultra popular in China for a long time. But it鈥檚 only made the jump to the states recently, and you鈥檝e likely seen anime selfies popping up all over your feed. However,聽pros are warning against serious security flaws within the app.

Security experts have been quick to outline the risks that come with downloading Meitu. While a simple selfie app should really only need access to your phone鈥檚 camera, Meitu asks for a lot more. The app can see what other apps you鈥檙e running on your phone, your location, your device ID number (on Android phones only), call information and more. Yikes! It鈥檚 starting to sound an awful lot like some sort of surveillance app disguised as something cutesy. If you don鈥檛 mind giving so much of your personal information away in exchange for an admittedly useless app, by all means, proceed. But if this spooks you (and rightly so!), we recommend avoiding the app altogether.

Unfortunately, Meitu is not the only free app to ask for way more permissions than necessary, but the good news is that this has opened up a lot of discussion on data sharing and what information we may be giving up without even realizing it.

Have you seen any apps with suspicious permissions? Discuss @BritandCo!

(h/t TechCrunch, photos via Meitu)