FTC approves order settling charges against Snapchat

12/31/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

California – Charges filed with the Federal Trade Commission against photo messaging social network Snapchat have been settled. As reported by WebProNews, the complaint filed alleges consumers were deceived by Snapchat with regards to promises made about messages sent through the service as well as the collection of personal data and security measures employed to protect it.

The FTC is quoted as stating in its announcement of the settlement, “The settlement with Snapchat is part of the FTC’s ongoing effort to ensure that companies market their apps truthfully and keep their privacy promises to consumers. It prohibits Snapchat from misrepresenting the extent to which it maintains the privacy, security, or confidentiality of users’ information.

In addition, the company will be required to implement a comprehensive privacy program that will be monitored by an independent privacy professional for the next 20 years.”

As noted in the report, the actions taken are similar to measures the FTC has previously employed for both Facebook and Google.

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