Snapchat comes to agreement with FTC over privacy issues
Snapchat is one of those bizarre smartphone success stories, where a company takes a very simple, existing idea, tweaks it ever so slightly, and manages to attract hundreds of millions of users in the process. While the whole service is based on the idea of temporary messages that fade into oblivion after a few seconds, it doesn’t take a very hard look to spot all the fatal flaws with that plan, from using other software on your phone to record Snapchat content, to exploiting the analog hole and simply taking a photo of your phone, as that content’s being displayed. To its credit, Snapshot has long acknowledged these vulnerabilities, but apparently it wasn’t quite clear enough, and today announces a settlement it’s reached with the FTC over this and other privacy concerns.
The other impetus for this settlement stems from last year’s massive data breach connected to Snapchat’s Find Friends feature, and the company notes that it will “continue to invest heavily in security and countermeasures to prevent abuse.”