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Snapchat claims to. And after the trouble they once got into for not deleting media after it was viewed, I believe them.


Why would you believe them after they have lied to you once already?

Right, I wonder how much people trust American companies. Imagine a Chinese firm doing the same and how many will trust them again..

It is best to never have any Chinese company store your data. They are by law (and under severe penalties) required to make all data in their possession available to government officials at any time that it is requested. Dictatorships are like that.

Chinese firms are generally required under threat of arrest to store and/or transmit all data on users. A single Chinese firm failing to delete data would have little or no negative impact within China given that they’re probably already secretly required to do exactly this. Do you mean US customer impact?

Nothing in those articles suggest that Snapchat purged user data.

> “resolved most of those concerns over the past year by improving the wording of our privacy policy, app description, and in-app just-in-time notifications.”

Snapchat just changed their messaging to quell user concerns. Once they have a critical mass of users, they are immune to disclosing that Snapchat messages are not truly ephemeral.

I understand your skepticism considering the behavior we've seen from some of these companies recently — but when their settlement with the FTC includes an independent company monitoring their handling of user privacy for 20 years, I think it's safe to trust them on this one.

>Snapchat servers are designed to automatically delete all Snaps after they’ve been viewed by all recipients

>Snapchat servers are designed to automatically delete all unopened Snaps after 30 days


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