Snapchat Admits to Having Given Photos to Law Enforcement

Snapchat is currently in the process of cleaning up its reputation after it experienced the minor setback of having the usernames and passwords of 4 million users leaked. Now, apparently, they’re trying to be a little more transparent.

The company admitted that they’ve, at times, given law enforcement unopened snaps. Snapchat says that once a snap is opened, it is automatically deleted from their servers. But, if a snap goes unopened, it waits there in limbo until someone finally opens it. In that time, if authorities have a search warrant, the company has to hand over the unopened snaps left on their servers, thanks to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Snapchat says that they’ve received about a dozen search warrants since May 2013 (but didn’t say how many they’ve received since launching in 2011). This information came from Micah Schaffer, part of the company’s Trust and Safety team, in a blog post he wrote this week. Check out a portion of it below.

Read the rest here.

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