Snapchat’s New Terms Let it Store and Reuse Your Photos, But They Aren’t Scary

by • October 30, 2015


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).

We will use this license for the limited purpose of operating, developing, providing, promoting, and improving the Services; researching and developing new ones; and making content submitted through the Services available to our business partners for syndication, broadcast, distribution, or publication outside the Services. Some Services offer you tools to control who can—and cannot—see your content under this license. For more information about how to tailor who can watch your content, please take a look at our privacy policy and support site.

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.


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