Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Snapchat 'promise' not to share your sexy selfies (although they could if they wanted)

snapchat.jpg

On 28 October, the social video masters of Snapchat updated their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service details. 

Most of us didn't bat an eyelid and continued sending hilarious videos of cats getting freaked out by laser pens. Then some media groups started reading the fine print, and freaked out.

A clause in the new Terms of Service section contained this rather troubling permissions line...

...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

But don't go fretting that those questionable images you sent your steady "friend with benefits" are about to be circulated by Snapchat. Far from it.

Upon seeing panic sweep the web, Snapchat duely responded, pointing out that the Privacy Policy still explains that all messages are "automatically deleted from [Snapchat] servers once we detect that they have been viewed or have expired". If the person you sent the image to grabs a screenshot and holds you to ransom, that's your problem.

The troublesome "broad licence agreement" line quoted above is included, explains Snapchat, because it has to be if you're going to join in with features like Snapchat's Live Stories - where the service pools images and videos that users send them and moulds them together into rolling feeds of national events. 

"We tried to be clear that the Privacy Policy and your own privacy settings within the app could restrict the scope of that license so that your personal communications continue to remain truly personal," explains Snapchat's response.

The recent rewording tried (and failed) to reassure users that their snaps are as private as they've ever been. They aren't about to sell your identity or your images to third parties, but they might share an image you willingly sent to their 'Live Stories' feature with a wider audience.

Now, let's go back to being worried about legitimate internet concerns - like bank account details being pinched from service providers.

(Image: Shutterstock)

Related

apple-eye-speech-bubble-emoji.png

The Brilliant Secret Meaning Behind Apple’s Strange New Eye Emoji

fb.png

Facebook Will Warn You If The Government Hacks Your Account

shock.jpg

Your Secret Porn Habits Could Easily Be Revealed To The Entire World

zuckerberg.jpg

Facebook is finally doing something about those Candy Crush invites

snapchatlenses.jpg

Snapchat launches incredible face animation features

twitter3.jpg

Is Twitter About To Crash And Burn?

Comments

More

An awesome paper cycling helmet wins Dyson design award

Only £4, and it'll save your life

by David Cornish
17 Nov 2016

Netflix finally confirms it's working on downloadable content

It's official, people

by David Cornish
03 Nov 2016

How Android users can now cast Harry Potter spells on their phone

Well this is neat

by David Cornish
02 Nov 2016

David Bowie among the 72 new emoji coming to iPhones

David Bowie is getting an emoji

by David Cornish
02 Nov 2016

The 4K TVs your eyeballs have been waiting for

And they won't break the bank

by David Cornish
01 Nov 2016

Everything you need to know about Apple's new MacBook Pros

Return of the Mac

by David Cornish
28 Oct 2016

'Apple of China' just released the best looking phone ever made

Your move, Apple

by David Cornish
27 Oct 2016

There's a secret one-handed keyboard hiding in your iPhone

For some reason, Apple isn't making it more widely available

by David Cornish
24 Oct 2016

Why your iPhone battery keeps dying at 25 per cent

Battery life not performing how it should? Here's some help

by David Cornish
19 Oct 2016

The big problem with Google trying to get us to talk to our phones

Google's new Assistant could change everything, but just not for this generation

by David Cornish
05 Oct 2016