Snapchat users could be breaking the law…
Most don’t even realise they are doing anything wrong
It is that serious, even the government have got involved and released a warning!
Millions of people use Snapchat to send images and video clips which disappear after a set amount of time.
If you take screenshots of Snapchat picture messages and pass them on to others without consent this could land you in hot water, it could even lead to you being sued!
Talking about sexual images, Vaizey said ”The disclosure of private sexual photographs or films without the consent of an individual who appears in them and with intent to cause that individual distress, is an offence under Section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. Those convicted could face a maximum sentence of two years in prison. The maximum sentence for copyright infringement is 10 years in prison and/or an ‘unlimited’ fine.”
A Snapchat spokesman said: “Under UK copyright law, it’d be unlawful for any user of any social media platform to take another person’s image and republish it to the public – this doesn’t just apply to Snapchat. The Parliamentary question quoted by The Independent makes it clear that The Criminal Justice and Courts Act protects people from the sharing of private sexual content, with a potential maximum jail sentence of 2 years. Again – this applies to all communications services, not just Snapchat.”
Will this change the way you use Snapchat?