SnapchatTM is a popular mobile app that allows you to send videos and pictures that launched in 2011.Â Sure, messaging pictures and videos has been available with SMS texting, but, the allure of SnapchatTM is its â€œself-destructâ€ feature. Allowing senders to share whatever they would like with the illusion of it disappearing after the allotted time.
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,
there have been apps generated solely to screen save your snaps without your knowledge or consent. Â This has caused a wide range of legal issues mostly including child pornography and conspiracy to blackmail.
Whatâ€™s more, the applicationâ€™s Terms and Conditions hide some rather shady activities. Weâ€™ve provided a brief list of rights reserved by SnapchatTM which you may have neglected to read over.
Some of the oneâ€™s we found most concerning were:
- Use of your location
- Access to deviceâ€™s photos
- Access to deviceâ€™s contacts
- Interactions with other users
How does SnapchatTM use this information? This is what theyâ€™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 â€œSnap with cautionâ€ and apply the same rules to the app as you would the regular internet.
Best not send anything you wouldnâ€™t want grandma to see.