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Is snapchat really storing & selling our pictures?

I woke up today, got myself a cup of coffee, went back to bed and opened Snapchat. To my surprise, I couldn’t log in unless I accepted their new Terms and Conditions. Usually I would just agree without thinking about it, but it bothered me that their new terms were that important that they locked me out of my own account until I had agreed. So, unlike so many times, I actually read the terms I was about to agree to. 

"By accepting 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. 

To the extent it’s necessary, you also grant Snapchat and our business partners the unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use your name, likeness, and voice in any and all media and distribution channels (now known or later developed) in connection with any Live Story or other crowd-sourced content you create, upload, post, send, or appear in. This means, among other things, that you will not be entitled to any compensation from Snapchat or our business partners if your name, likeness, or voice is conveyed through the Services.” 

Am I getting this right? So basically, what once was only a few second messages and snaps between friends and family is now not only their possession but it’s also being sold to their business partners for syndication, broadcast, distribution, or publication outside the Services! 

CREEPY! So, just keep in mind what you’re willing to share perhaps with the world wide web and what not. If I do agree to these strange terms, I’m going to make sure not to take any selfies, or I might just find my face in a spammy ad about "meeting sexy Russian girls" or something similar! Haha.

Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! 
Have a great day guys!

Dagbjört

The creative director & co-founder of Just Us. A 25 year old photographer obsessed with fashion, travel and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

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