Snapchat’s new privacy policy may be a scary ghost story.

Snapchat released it’s modified privacy policy this week and while most of it remains pretty much the same, there’s one aspect that needs your undivided attention. This is from the Snapchat parent company website:

There are three basic categories of information we collect:

  • Information you choose to give us.
  • Information we get when you use our services.
  • Information we get from third parties.
Pay close attention to item 3:

– We may collect information that other users provide about you when they use our services. For example, if another user allows us to collect information from their device phonebook—and you’re one of that user’s contacts—we may combine the information we collect from that user’s phonebook with other information we have collected about you. We may also obtain information from other companies that are owned or operated by us, or any other third-party sources, and combine that with the information we collect through our services.

This means that Snapchat can collect and use information from anyone who has you as a contact even though you may not have agreed with the privacy policy.  Are you cool with this?  Will you still use Snapchat?
Whenever you update a device or app and are presented with new or modified terms be sure to take the time to read through and know what you are getting into.
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