Sunday 25 August 2019

Snapchat claims it's still as private as ever


Emma Clark

Snapchat admits that it's updated its privacy policy and terms of service, but not in a way that gives it ownership over user content.

Snapchat updated its privacy policy recently, leading many to believe that it gave the company ownership over user content, which includes photos, videos, and text messages. Snapchat has since addressed these rumours to reassure users that it is not taking control of their content.

Snapchat said, “The Snaps and Chats you send your friends remain as private today as they were before the update.” Its statement noted that messages are deleted from Snapchat’s servers after viewing, but it doesn’t have control over screenshots or pictures taken by their recipients.

The company did admit that its Terms of Service "grants us a broad licence to use the content you create," but it added that images, videos and chat logs exchanged over Snapchat "remain as private today as they were before the update".

Some changes were made to Snapchat's privacy policy and terms of use. These were made  so that they'd read the way people actually talk. The app also needs permission to use your name "to make it a little easier for friends to find you on Snapchat".

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