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Snapchat Deceives Users – Settles Charges with FTC

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That truth was laid bare on Thursday, when Snapchat, the popular mobile messaging service, agreed to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission that messages sent through the company’s app did not disappear as easily as promised.

The complaint also said Snapchat transmitted users’ location information and collected sensitive data like address book contacts, despite its saying that it did not collect such information. The commission said the lax policies did not secure a feature called “Find Friends” that allowed security researchers to compile a database of 4.6 million user names and phone numbers during a recent security breach.

“One thing we want to make clear,” said Chris Olsen, the assistant director of the F.T.C’s division of privacy and identity protection. “If you make promises about privacy, you must honor those promises or otherwise risk F.T.C. enforcement.”


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