The government stole your Snapchat

Abraham Dayfallah

Nowadays, it’s all about taking selfies (i.e., photographing yourself) whether it’s at the beach or at a theme park such as Disneyland; it’s always fun to take photographs.

Snapchat, a popular smartphone app, enables you to take pictures as well as videos and set timers up to 10 seconds on all of your snaps that you want to send to people on your contact list.

After the recipients opens them, they disappear, hence the name of the app was born.

It’s so cool because you could even draw on the pictures and write on them as well.

With that being said, there is always a cause and an effect, and the government is taking control over the snaps you don’t open.

It’s scary, right?

Think about all the countless snaps you haven’t opened yet; they are just waiting for the government to take a hold of them and get Snapchat users in trouble with the law.

“Snapchat says in its privacy policy that it can share information with legal processes or requests for information if its an accordance with the law,” according to Jon Change at Good Morning America.

Users of Snapchat may see it as a threat to their privacy.

However, the government has the right to obtain snaps.

People send the craziest and stupidest things with Snapchat that it’s almost too easy for people to send anything they want and get away with it.

There has to be a limitation on what is sent; no one wants to see criminal activity in a snap and see the bad guy getting away with it.

People have to monitor what they send to one another to avoid problems with the law.

There is a lot of nudity going around Snapchat that some might see as a threat if it was an angry boyfriend or an angry girlfriend trying to get back at one another.

That is where the law comes in and people get served with law suits for personal videos and photographs sent through Snapchat.

Divorces and missing teenager reports have been direct results of the government apprehending snaps.

“Since May 2013, about a dozen of the search warrants we’ve received have resulted in us producing unopened snaps to law enforcement,” he said. “That’s out of 350 million snaps sent every day, “ according to Micah Schaffer, director of operations at Snapchat.

The moral of the story: avoid sending anything on Snapchat that you wouldn’t want used against you in a court of law.