Snapchat hack proves that nothing on the internet disappears

Snapchat hack proves that nothing on the internet disappears

Have you heard the news about the Snapchat hack in which 200,000 private photos and names of users may be leaked?

It's being called the "Snappening" and it serves as a reminder that nothing on the internet ever really disappears. Nothing. Not Snapchats. Not photos of any sort. Nothing.

Does this sound familiar?

It should. It's a drum I've been beating for more than a year and a half.

In May 2013, I wrote a post with the headline "Snapchat images do not disappear or get deleted." That wasn't the first time, though. That goes back to this post in February 2013. And in May we addressed that Snapchat settled with the FTC and agreed not to misrepresent the disappearing nature of its messages as part of its settlement.

I'm not one to say I told you so, but, well .... I did.

But you know who else said that the images were not always private or secure? Snapchat.

In a disclaimer in its Terms of Use on its site, Snapchat warns, "we cannot and do not represent or warrant that the services will always be secure or error-free or that the services will always function without delays, disruptions or imperfections."

The take away for everyone: there really is no privacy on the internet.

What parents can do:

* Use the headlines and news stories as a chance to start a discussion about the fact that "online privacy" is an oxymoron, or at least a pretty serious illusion.Remind kids that anything shared online can resurface at any time, including during job interviews and college application time. Emphasize the rule that if you would not share it with your relatives, do not share it online.Even if they are sharing harmless photos, talk about how those Snapchat users feel right now with their photos completely out of their control.

* Follow the acronym of THINK before you post.

Kids, adults, everyone posting online should ask themselves before posting or sending: Is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind?

If it falls short, keep it to yourself.

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