Government Looking At Your Nudes? Snapchat Reveals Subpoena Requests

Snapchat US Government Requests

If you still believe that your Snapchat photos self-destruct with no evidence that they ever existed you are living in a fantasy world. The app, a favorite among teens, is used by the US government as yet another application for spying.

Snapchat on Thursday released its first ever transparency report. According to the company, the US Government made 375 requests for data from November 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015. While 28 further requests were made by foreign countries.

According to Snapchat, it provided 92 percent of requests with the information being sought. The company only agreed to supply information for 21 percent of requests from agencies located overseas.

The company says the information was requested in the form of subpoenas (159 requests pertaining to 326 separate pieces of user information) and search warrants (172 requests pertaining to 286 pieces of user information).

The company says the information handed over pertained mostly to “username, email address, phone number, etc.”

The company explains that “Snapchat retains logs of previous messages sent and received. The logs contain meta-data about the messages, but not the content.”

The US Government might not be spying on your photos (or they may — never say never), but they are definitely spying on the data you send with your Snapchats.

TELL US: Is the U.S. Government overstepping with the constant requests being made for user data?

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