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Snapchat sends some unopened Snaps to law enforcement agency

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Snapchat, the popular photo-sharing app among teens has revealed on their blog that they’re capable of accessing unopened Snaps and sending them to the US government.

“… if we receive a search warrant from law enforcement for the contents of Snaps and those Snaps are still on our servers, a federal law called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) obliges us to produce the Snaps to the requesting law enforcement agency”, writes on their blog.

Approximately a dozen unopened Snaps have been sent to the government since May 2013. According to the company, only 2 people have access to the tool for retrieving unopened Snaps – Bobby Murphy (Co-founder and CTO) and Micah Schaffer (Director of Operations).

via Guardian

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