Snapchat has stricken smartphone users across the globe, with the promise of truly private conversations. The trick is that all messages disappear after being read by the recipient, making it the perfect app for any secret conversation. Unless the police happen to have a warrant and they need to see your messages!
Snapchat has recently uncovered that they have, in fact, given the police access to messages. There is a bit of a trick, though. Snapchat deletes all messages from its servers right after the recipient reads them. Read messages are gone forever. This means the police can only get access to unread messages.
Of course, they would need a warrant, and this is not something the police often ask for. Snapchat mentions that they have handed information over to the authorities only a dozen times. They also don’t fail to emphasize that over 350 million Snapchat messages are sent a day. Who knows, you might have a better chance winning the lottery than getting your snaps surveilled by the police.
Be careful with those selfies, guys!