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Snapchat was advertised as a private media sharing service. Many flocked to it because it promised that shared media would be deleted after a certain period. But this has not been happening according to a recent report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Using a Snapchat VPN to maintain privacy is a good idea since the service scores a mere 1/6 on their commitment to user privacy and government data request transparency.
EFF Report on Government Data Requests
Snapchat publishes law enforcement guidelines about data collection. But according to the EFF, it does not comply with any of the other law enforcement guidelines for subscriber data protection. There are four main points where Snapchat fails to protect user privacy. First, it does not demand a warrant before processing data requests. Second, it does not inform its users when their data has been requested. Third, it fails to publish transparency reports on received requests. And fourth, Snapchat does not fight in courts or before Congress for the privacy rights of its subscribers. Snapchat scored worse on the EFF’s report than any of the 25 other companies evaluated.
Sensitive Data Secured by Snapchat VPN
Since Snapchat is clearly not caring for user data, Snapchat users might want to consider using a security tool like a Snapchat VPN. A Snapchat VPN cannot control the data that is sent and received over Snapchat. But a good Snapchat VPN app can secure other data that can be used to identify users. Snapchat VPNs hide a user’s IP address. This prevents the personally identifiable information associated with it from reaching anyone who’s looking. All that they will see is the IP address of the Snapchat VPN server that was used. A Snapchat VPN will also secure any data transmitted by the user while connected to a server. The top Snapchat VPN providers offer their subscribers high level encryption for this purpose. All data traveling through the Snapchat VPN servers is also sent via private tunnels to hide it from third parties.
This is not the first time that Snapchat has come under fire. The company has actually been pressured about data privacy for a few months now. In one major complaint, the FCC filed charges against them for not being honest about their policies. The charges included the amount of data collected on users, unsecure message service, and other security issues. The negligence of Snapchat caused the sensitive data of 4,600,000 users to fall into the hands of hackers last January. The company took no notice of the security warnings that could have prevented this major data breach. Snapchat has since settled that case and assures users and the FCC that it is now complying with the necessary guidelines.