What you need to know about Snapchat's privacy update

snapchat Any mention of Snapchat makes elderly people roll their eyes and sigh, mainly because they don't understand what it is, or they don't like they idea of people using something that they don't want to use. For the rest of humanity, there's been a lot of chatter about the company's privacy policy.

There were angry rants, as people were under the impression that Snapchat had decided to keep your photos and videos FOREVER and use them as they pleased. Of course, seeing as a load of people have sent photos of their junk through the service, people started getting a bit jumpy.

What is the truth of the matter though?

After a number of respected publications ran these stories, Snapchat felt the need to put a statement out. It was to the point: "The Snaps and Chats you send your friends remain as private today as they were before the update.”

Of course, like they've been saying for ages, the company have zero control over those who screengrab your photos and the like, but they're very clear about that when you sign-up. Basically, if you know someone who is rather screengrabby, don't send them anything private or, indeed, make sure you're able to blackmail them back if they're acting like dicks.

Snapchat's terms of service say: "When you do that, you retain whatever ownership rights in that content you had to begin with." In fact, unlike a bunch of other social platforms, Snapchat has a policy of not sharing messages with advertisers or other business partners. However, there is a few things to look out for.

In the terms of service, they do give up some rights. It says: "We need that license when it comes to, for example, Snaps submitted to Live Stories, where we have to be able to show those Stories around the world—and even replay them or syndicate them." Again, that's rather clear when you join in with that particular element of the app.

Basically, the recent update was done to change the language of the terms, so they were easier to understand. Seems they were easier to misconstrue too.

Either way, if you want to read Snapchat's statement, and see what they're up to, click here.

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