It turns out your sexts, selfies and silly updates might not be as private as the private messaging app has led us to believe.
Ever since Snapchat was born, many have questioned whether it’s private, self-destructing messages really disappear once they’ve gone from our screens. Well now Snapchat has admitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the States that it might not have been quite as transparent about its app as we all thought.
According to reports from over the weekend, Snapchat has agreed to be monitored by the FTC for the next twenty years after the government body revealed the team behind the app has misled its users about policies, data collection and whether messages will be saved.
Snapchat’s main mistake through all of its recent issues (like data leaks and a whole raft of other privacy concerns) has been that it hasn’t been communicating with its community well enough, but according to a recent post on Snapchat’s blog, it looks like the team are finally learning from their mistakes:
“While we were focused on building, some things didn’t get the attention they could have. One of those was being more precise with how we communicated with the Snapchat community. This morning we entered into a consent decree with the FTC that addresses concerns raised by the commission.
“We are devoted to promoting user privacy and giving Snapchatters control over how and with whom they communicate. That’s something we’ve always taken seriously, and always will.”
By Becca Caddy | May 12th, 2014