In December 2013, Snapchat was hacked. An API security Vulnerability was disclosed by an Australian company Gibson security on August 2013 and then made the source code public for the exploit on December 25th. Snapchat also announced that it has executed mitigating features. Also an unknown group hacked then, expressing that these features represent only “minor obstacles”. The hackers revealed more than 4 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers on a site called SnapchatDB.info and sent a statement to the TechCrunch a famous technology blog. A week after the hack, Snapchat apologized.
Snapchat resolved a complaint made by the Federal Trade Commission in 2014. The agency alleged that the company had inflated to the public the degree to which mobile application photos and images can actually made to disappear. Under the agreement term, Snapchat was not charged, but the application service agreed to have its policies and claims observed by an independent party for a period of twenty years. The Federal Trade Commission concluded that Snapchat was limited from misrepresenting the extend to which it controls the security, privacy and confidentially of user’s detail.
Following the agreement, Snapchat also updated its privacy page to express that the company will not guarantee that messages might be deleted within a time frame. Even after Snapchat deletes the messages from their servers, that same day might remain in backup for a specific time period. In a public blog post, the service warned that if you have ever tried to save lost information after accidently deleting a drive.
An 18 year old was using the app feature called “Lens” to record the speed she was driving her car when she accidentally crashed in Georgia. The 107 miles per hour crash injured both drivers. The driver spent five weeks and recovered after several brain injuries. The driver then sued both the user and Snapchat.