Snapchat Map Warning From Schools
Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has been scrutinised by schools for the newest Snapchat feature ‘Snap Map’.
Schools have expressed serious safeguarding concerns regarding the new feature, which allows users to share their exact location with people on their "friends" list in real time.
While location information is shared only with people on a user’s "friends" list, that could include people they do not actually know, such as friends met on other apps and websites.
This has led to concerns that Snap Map could allow children to be tracked, due to the precision of the location accuracy, putting them at risk from predators.
Some schools have warned that the app could be used to "build up a picture of home addresses, travel routes, schools and workplaces".
Snap stressed that ‘location sharing on Snap Map was off by default; an opt-in feature that could be switched off at any time’.
Many parents have little idea of the feature or the risk that it poses to their children.
Snap has not commented on why it had not warned users that the map was about to be launched.
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