Snapchat Woes

SnapchatTM is a popular mobile app that allows you to send videos and pictures that launched in 2011.  Sure, messaging pictures and videos has been available with SMS texting, but, the allure of SnapchatTM is its “self-destruct” feature. Allowing senders to share whatever they would like with the illusion of it disappearing after the allotted time.

The Controversy

SnapchatTM is under fire for some flaws in its design.

Sure, users can set a self-destruct timer and the application typically alerts the sender when their pictures have been screen saved manually,

BUT

there have been apps generated solely to screen save your snaps without your knowledge or consent.  This has caused a wide range of legal issues mostly including child pornography and conspiracy to blackmail.

What’s more, the application’s Terms and Conditions hide some rather shady activities. We’ve provided a brief list of rights reserved by SnapchatTM which you may have neglected to read over.

Some of the one’s we found most concerning were:

 

  1. Use of your location
  2. Access to device’s photos
  3. Access to device’s contacts
  4. Interactions with other users

How does SnapchatTM use this information? This is what they’re telling us:

  • Develop, operate, and improve our products and services.
  • Communicate with you.
  • Personalize the services by suggesting friends or profile information,
  • Contextualize your experience by using your precise location data
  • Verify your identity and prevent fraud or other unauthorized or illegal activity.
  • Enforce Terms of Service and other usage policies.

SnapchatTM warns all of its users to “Snap with caution” and apply the same rules to the app as you would the regular internet.

Best not send anything you wouldn’t want grandma to see.

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