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Snapchat tries to reassure users its new privacy policy isn’t scary

Following Snapchat’s update to its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy last week, it’s felt the need to reassure users in a blog posting over the “confusion about the update.”

Some people got scared.

Part of the problem seems to stem from the language used: Snapchat can “reproduce” your content in “any and all media,” which has riled/worried more than a few. It says it needs the “broad” license for things like snap submissions to Live Stories, but that’s the only example it clearly offers.

Snapchat’s also updated sections on in-app purchases following its roll out of $0.99 snap replays. Real names are visible on the service to make it easier for friends to find you — but there are ways to modify that (and other) info, according to the blog posting.

The language issue is ironic, because Snapchat says one of the main reasons behind the policy update was to make it easier to understand, and so that it would “read the way people actually talk.”

But Snapchat is reassuring users:

We want to be crystal clear: The Snaps and Chats you send your friends remain as private today as they were before the update. Our Privacy Policy continues to say—as it did before—that those messages “are automatically deleted from our servers once we detect that they have been viewed or have expired.” Of course, a recipient can always screenshot or save your Snaps or Chats. But the important point is that Snapchat is not—and never has been—stockpiling your private Snaps or Chats. And because we continue to delete them from our servers as soon as they’re read, we could not—and do not—share them with advertisers or business partners.

Snapchat says that while its content license is broad, it’s “common to services like ours.” Ultimately, it’s up to each individual to make their own minds up if they feel comfy using the service.

The same goes for services like Facebook and Instagram, which have also had to do a lot to reassure users on the privacy front.

Snapchat is a photo messaging application developed by four Stanford students. Using the app, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. Users set a time limit for how… read more »

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