The Disappearing Act

Snapchat has settled with the FTC over charges that the company “deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service and that it collected users’ contacts without telling them or asking permission.” When it comes to photos, recipients could take a screenshot with their phones. And accessing videos that “disappeared” was equally simple. What’s amazing here is that any company would be able to “deceive” customers about disappearing content. Consider this your last public service announcement on the topic of dropping one’s pants and snapping a photo: If it’s on the Internet, it’s public, and it’s there forever.

+ And by forever, I mean forever. So who gets access to your embarrassing social media stream after you’ve been uploaded to the eternal cloud? For now, that depends on where you live. But a proposed law could clarify who gets access to your digital accounts once you’re deceased.

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