Snapchat updated its terms of service for its app this week with a number of significant changes, but you probably just clicked ‘accept’ to keep using it, right?
The new terms of service have a number of interesting new sections, but one part could be worrisome in the future:
You grant Snapchat a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicensable, and transferable license to host, store, use, display, reproduce, modify, adapt, edit, publish, create derivative works from, publicly perform, broadcast, distribute, syndicate, promote, exhibit, and publicly display that content in any form and in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).
In short, the new license allows Snapchat broader use of your photos and videos for marketing campaigns, research purposes as well as providing them to “business partners” for further use.
I’m not surprised Snapchat is being more explicit about its own uses, but they appear to specifically apply to using Snapchat stories being aggregated beyond the service in the future.
Previously, this section referred to the ‘crowd-sourced stories’ in the app, but this wording has been removed to make the terms more broadly apply to all user content.