Snapchat had always maintained that its messaging service is focused on deleting the photos
once they have been viewed by the recipients but this does seem to be the case. Snapchat
became a popular messaging service within a short time due to its unique disappearing photos
and videos feature, under which the content was deleted within few seconds of viewing.
Snapchat doesn’t actually delete the photos but keeps it hidden deep within the device.
Snapchat Makes A Settlement With FTC
Snapchat had agreed to settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for deceiving
its humble users at several levels. FTC has found Snapchat’s app to be partially secure and
even the company was involved in secretly spying from its users. The terms of settlement
even states that Snapchat has to allow the independent privacy auditors to inspect the
company for upcoming 20 years. It has been even warned to improvise its weak security and
Why FTC Came So Hard Upon Snapchat?
Snapchat has always asserted that its messaging was extremely, reliable and ephemeral in
nature. And Snapchat business was built on this very promise of deleting the photos and
content within the seconds it is viewed by the users.
Snapchat photos have a self-destructing timer which deletes the picture after a certain time
elapsed. But recipients could easily save the picture on screen by taking a snapshot before it
auto-destructs. Snapchat had said that it is taking appropriate measures for strengthening its
security in order to keep the information safe.
Snapchat Photos and Videos Are Not Deleted In Reality
However it is also found that the disappearing videos and photos doesn’t actually vanishes
but these are stored in an unencrypted way deep within the device. Anyone with little bit of
technical knowledge could easily plug your device in a computer and could extract those
files. Snapchat had cleverly stated that “the photos are deleted from its servers” after it is
viewed by the recipients but it never says that “these photos are deleted from the devices”.
Snapchat Snoops Upon The Users
Federal Trade Commission has also accused Snapchat of quietly collecting information from
its customers. Company has promised that it doesn’t resort to tracking users but it has been
found that it follows every move of the user on Android platform.
‘FindFriend’ feature included in the Snapchat backfired upon the company after it ended up
uploading the entire contact lists from the iPhones without letting the customers known about
it. Hackers were also able to sweep out about 4.6 million contact information of the
Snapchat users and posted their usernames and associated phone numbers online.
FTC chairman has said in a statement that if a company markets privacy and security as key
selling points in pitching its service to consumers, it is critical that it keep those promises.
and notification to the users and made the app a much presentable one.