New Snapchat Privacy Policy: Are Your Nudes Safe?

Every couple of weeks, you see one friend post some long-ass status on Facebook about “better safe than sorry” and some news story detailing Facebook’s new privacy policy. Normally, you ignore this status because not only do you see it every couple of weeks, but you already know that anything you put on the internet is essentially not your property anymore.

However, we like to think that the messages and photos we send in the “privacy” of our own phones are solely ours, right? Or at least, ours and the weirdo government officials who tap our cell phones, anyways

The new Snapchat privacy policy and terms have been raising some concerns among avid snappers (aka the majority of our generation). Because the terms have been (thankfully) written in colloquial terms rather than legal jargon, we can actually understand what the terms entail:

Many of our Services let you create, upload, post, send, receive, and store content. When you do that, you retain whatever ownership rights in that content you had to begin with.

But 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 (now known or later developed). We will use this license for the limited purpose of operating, developing, providing, promoting, and improving the Services; researching and developing new ones; and making content submitted through the Services available to our business partners for syndication, broadcast, distribution, or publication outside the Services. Some Services offer you tools to control who can—and cannot—see your content under this license. For more information about how to tailor who can watch your content, please take a look at our privacy policy and support site.

To the extent it’s necessary, you also grant Snapchat and our business partners the unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use your name, likeness, and voice in any and all media and distribution channels (now known or later developed) in connection with any Live Story or other crowd-sourced content you create, upload, post, send, or appear in. This means, among other things, that you will not be entitled to any compensation from Snapchat or our business partners if your name, likeness, or voice is conveyed through the Services.

If you compare these new terms with Snapchat’s old terms of agreement, the biggest change lies in the word “store.” Previously, the entire premise of Snapchat was based on the fact that your titty pic was deleted within seconds of its creation. Now, due to Snapchat’s addition of paid replays and other new practices, Snapchat has to save these snaps.

This, obviously, raises some concern among those who are primarily using Snapchat to send nudes. I mean, even if you aren’t sending nudes, these terms might seem scary. However, if you’ve read any other social media network’s privacy terms, you’ll realize that they are all extremely similar (and equally invasive). Therefore, this should really only concern those who are sending nudes via Snapchat, because your naked body is something you’re probably not posting on Instagram (or maybe you are? #freethenipple).

At the end of the day, the employees behind Snapchat are probably not saving your shirtless selfies in order to jack off later, they simply are saving your photos in case they can make a little extra cash by getting your boyfriend to buy 30 replays. I know you don’t want to trust corporations with your nudes…but do you really trust the fuck boy that you’re currently sexting?

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