May 26, 2022

Snapchat Makes Major Changes to Their Privacy Policy

UPDATE: Snapchat has published this blog post with their reasons for the changes.

From Quartz:

The company’s new privacy policy and terms of service dramatically broaden the scope of what it can do with users’ photos and likeness. People must agree to the new terms in order to use a new app update released Oct. 28.


If you read the fine print carefully, Snapchat notes that “some services” offer users tools to control who can see users’ images.

The new privacy policy also allows users’ content to “be shared with other Snapchatters and potentially the public at large.”

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From Tech Insider:

Another potential scare in Snapchat’s privacy policy was pointed out on Twitter Thursday:

Just FYI, Snapchat now sees what sites you visited before you use the app and what time of day.
— Sam Sheffer (@samsheffer) October 30, 2015

The log information Snapchat says it collects, including “pages you visited before navigating to our services” refers to its own website, not your normal web browsing behavior elsewhere. The Snapchat app isn’t seeing what website you visited in Safari on your iPhone before you open Snapchat.

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Compare: The New SnapChat Privacy Policy (October 28, 2015) ||| January 8, 2015

See Also: Snapchat Settles FTC Charges That Promises of Disappearing Messages Were False (via; May 8, 2014)

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