The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved its final order with Snapchat, compelling the California startup to submit to an independent privacy monitor for 20 years and to not “misrepresent in any manner…the extent to which respondent or its products or services maintain and protect the privacy, security, or confidentiality of any covered information.”
The order, which was published on December 23, but not announced until Wednesday, was first released in preliminary form back in May 2014—it does not impose any monetary fines. The deal is similar to the one the FTC struck with Facebook in August 2012.
At the time, the company wrote on its blog that it had “resolved most of those concerns over the past year by improving the wording of our privacy policy, app description, and in-app just-in-time notifications.”
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