UAE Warns Users Against Latest 'Snap Map' Update

Published June 28th, 2017 - 12:24 GMT
The new update allows the release of the geographical location of the Snapchat users and exposes it to all the app users worldwide, not just to their friends. (File photo)
The new update allows the release of the geographical location of the Snapchat users and exposes it to all the app users worldwide, not just to their friends. (File photo)

The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has warned against the new update of Snapchat for photo messaging, or the ‘Snap Map’.

The TRA noted the risks of automatically providing a map of the users’ location without their knowledge, which may lead to unaccounted consequences and breaches that harm the privacy of individuals, as well as other negative consequences of automatic detection of users’ locations in time of using the application.

The new update allows the release of the geographical location of the Snapchat users and exposes it to all the app users worldwide, not just to their friends.

Under the update, any connection through the app can be viewed as a point on an interactive map once the screen is pulled, and when clicking on any of the points, the image or scene is opened without informing the owners that their location has become exposed.

To avoid this, users need to make a simple change to the app settings, by activating the ‘ghost mode,’ meaning the user’s location is hidden.

 


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