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FTC: Snapchat agrees to 20-year privacy monitor after 'deceiving consumers'

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel. (AP photo)

WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) -- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a final order settling charges with Snapchat that it deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service and that it collected users' contacts without telling them or asking permission.

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Snapchat is a popular mobile messaging app that lets people send photos, videos and messages that disappear in a few seconds. But the FTC said Snapchat misled users about its data collection methods and failed to tell users that others could save their messages without their knowledge.

As part of the settlement, Snapchat must implement a privacy program that will be monitored by an outside privacy expert for the next 20 years. The arrangement is similar to privacy settlements that Google, Facebook and Myspace have agreed to in recent years.

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