Do you think your Snapchat ‘snaps’ are private? When they are opened they are, but when left unopened they sit on Snapchat servers. In some cases those unopened snaps are handed over to law enforcement officials.
In a new blog post, Snapchat Director of Operations Micah Schaffer explains that under court order unopened snaps are sometimes manually retrieved.
Since last May the company has produced snaps for “about a dozen” of the search warrants it has received. In some cases the agency has chosen to “preserve” some unopened snaps until a search warrant can be produced.
Only Schaffer and co-founder and CTO Bobby Murphy have access to manually retrieve unopened messages on the Snapchat system.
Snapchat Stories are also accessible, but once again only with the request of a search warrant.
In the age of online data retrieval it is always safe to assume that almost anything we produce and send to other people can be retrieved by third parties.
Do you think it is right for Snapchat to hand over unopened messages when a search warrant is provided?