Snapchat was supposed to be that safe place for you to share private photos. You upload, send and seconds later, the photo would self-destruct.
But it wasn't so. And now, Snapchat is acknowledging the truth.
The app maker has settled a claim with the Federal Trade Commission that they deceived by assuring them their content was safe.
Not only could "snaps" be saved with screenshots, some third-party apps could be used to capture photos. Video messages could remain accessible if recipients connected their phone to a computer.
The FTC also alleged that the app collected data from users without their consent or knowledge -- including geolocation information from those using the Android version of the app and contacts from the address books of those using the Apple iOS version.
Additionally, the complaint alleged that Snapchat failed to properly secure it's "Find Friends" feature -- resulting in the widely reported security breach that allowed attackers to compile a database of 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers. Snapchat later released an update that fixed the issue and let users to opt out of the feature.
The settlement will not cost Snapchat a fine, but they'll be closely watched.
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