What is Snapchat?
Snapchat is an application that allows users to take
photos and record videos which are referred to as
snaps. Text and drawings can be added before
sending them to a controlled list of recipients.
Users set a time limit for how long recipients can
view their snaps, after which they will be hidden
from the recipient's device and deleted from the
Snapchat server. Snapchat was created by Evan
Spiegel and Bobby Murphy two Stanford University
Students.(Snapchat Support 2013)
How old are you?
In order to create a Snapchat account you will need to be
13 years of age or older, although if under 18 you will need
to confirm that you have your guardians consent to create a
Snapchat account. If under 13 years old you can only create
Snapchat do not knowingly collect personal information
from users under the age of thirteen(Snapchat Privacy
(Briton becomes worlds oldest man 2009)
What about my data?
Are you willing to let Snapchat collect information about your
usage of the application and agree to let Snapchat collect certain
types of information from and about your device?
By using Snapchat you are agreeing to allow them to
temporarily collect, process, and store the contents of your
Snaps (such as photos, videos and/or captions) on their servers.
You will also be accepting that Snapchat cannot prevent others
from making copies of your Snaps using functions such
screenshots, although the sender will receive a notification when
But what about Snaphack…
SnapHack is an app that allows users to save a snap without
the sender knowing and view them as many times as they
The app works by having users sign into Snaphack using their
Snapchat login information. Anytime users receive a notice of
a new snap, they simply have to open the SnapHack app and
refresh the app to retrieve the new pictures and videos they
have received. They can then open each snap individually and
tell the app to save the file( Sydney Morning Herald 2013)
Snapchat may use collected
information for the following
• Providing , maintaining and improving their services
• Advertising and other targeted development
• Sending you technical notices, updates, security
alerts and support and administrative messages
• Carrying out any other purpose for which the
information was collected…
Sharing is caring
Snapchat may share your information with other Snapchat
users, vendors, consultants and other service providers
engaged by Snapchat. Also if required in response to legal
process or in connection with or during negotiations of any
merger, sale of company assets, financing or acquisition of
all or a portion of Snapchat to another company.
Snapchat may also share aggregated or de-identified
information, which cannot reasonably be used to identify
What about security?
Snapchat take “reasonable” measures to help protect
information about you from loss, theft, misuse and
unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and
(Sleeping while on duty 2013)
You are responsible for you own
By ticking yes, you agree that you are solely responsible for
your user content and that Snapchat is not responsible or
liable for any User Content.
While Snapchat are not obligated to do so, they reserve the
right, and have absolute discretion, to review, screen and
delete user content at any time and for any reason.
There are a number of activities that are prohibited by Snapchat, these include but are
not limited to the following:
Using Snapchat Services for any purpose that is illegal,
Using the Services in any manner that could interfere with, disrupt, negatively affect
or inhibit other users from fully enjoying the Services or Compromising the security of
Sending any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, spam, solicitations or
promotional materials. Engaging in any harassing, intimidating, predatory or stalking
conduct or Developing any third-party applications that interact with User Content or
the Services without our prior written consent.
(No computers vector sign 2013)
Snapchat respects the intellectual property rights of
others in accordance with the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and other applicable laws.
Snapchat have adopted a policy of upon notice,
restricting access to or deleting content that infringes a
third party’s copyright.
They can terminate account holders or other users of
the Services who are deemed to be repeat infringers of
a third party’s copyrighted work.
Where do you live?
Snapchat services are hosted in the United States and
governed by U.S laws. Be advised that by accessing the
services from any other region with laws or regulations
governing personal data collection and use that differ
from U.S laws, you are transferring your personal
information to the United States and you consent to
that transfer and the applicable laws in the
(Amazing world map 2013)
Are you familiar with these below terms?
Limitation of Liability
If not you would do well to familiarise yourself with these,
signing up for an account.
Be aware that any dispute between you and Snapchat will
be governed by Snapchats Terms and the laws of the State
of California and applicable United States law(Snapchat
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