Snapchat Not Hoarding Private Snaps


Snapchat, the smart phone app that is designed to send photos for ten seconds a piece, then disappearing into the interweb forever, has had to rewrite their Terms of Service and Privacy Statement yet again. The company has had to reassure its users that they are not hoarding selfies or sexts.

The Terms of Service and Privacy Policy had been updated on October 28th.  However, on the 29th Snapchat released a blog post going over the changes in detail, since other media outlets had suggested that Snapchat gave itself the rights to all uploads on its servers.

Concerns about the update centered on Snapchat’s broad rights to user’s content. By uploading pictures onto the service, “you grant Snapchat a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicensable, and transferable license to host, store, use, display, reproduce, modify, adapt, edit, publish, create derivative works from, publicly perform, broadcast, distribute, syndicate, promote, exhibit, and publicly display that content in any form and in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed),” the TOS states.

In 2014, Snapchat settled in court with the Federal Trade Commission due to false claims that the snaps disappear forever, even though users that use third party apps can obtain them. I guess the moral of the story would be the old-school thought process, in that if you do not want someone to have this photo of you forever, don’t send it!