It’s not just celebrities who have had their privacy breeched – around 200,000 photos from the chat service Snapchat were distributed online this week, long after the owners thought the pictures had been deleted.
Snapchat, an app which markets itself on the fact that anything you send will expire after several seconds, has led users to believe that sending personal photos is safe. Worryingly, as much as half the user base for the app is under 18.
The company has denied responsibility for the leak, claiming the pictures could only have come from a third-party app – the use of which is banned by Snapchat’s terms of service.
It is believed the now defunct website is the source of the images.
A spokesperson stated: “We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks.
“Snapchatters were victimised by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we explicitly prohibit in our terms of use precisely because they compromise our users’ security.”