FTC: Snapchat Doesn’t Work Like Users Think

Snapchat settles with FTC

   

FTC: Snapchat Doesn’t Work Like Users Think

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning people that Snapchat, a messaging app that deletes images shortly after they are sent, collects information without telling them.

snapchat logo FTC: Snapchat Doesnt Work Like Users ThinkThe FTC states that Snapchat collects data that it hasn’t asked permission to collect. Location information was being collected by the Android app without users permission. Other issues include Apple (AAPL) devices running any operating system below iOS7. These operating systems don’t alert users when someone takes a screenshot of a Snapchat picture, reports The Seattle Times.

Snapchat has agreed to a settlement with the FTC without confirming or denying that it did any wrong. As part of the settlement, the company will start a privacy program that will be monitored by an outside expert for the next 20 years.

“If there’s one message we want to make sure is clear today, it’s if you make promises about privacy, you must honor those promises,” Chris Olsen, assistant director of the FTC’s division of privacy and identity protection, told The Los Angeles Times. “Otherwise you risk FTC enforcement action.”

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