Snapchat and FTC settle complaint

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Snapchat settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today after a months-long battle over the company's data collection practices with users.

The FTC filed a complaint earlier this year against the popular messaging service for allegedly deceiving users about the amount of personal information it collected, and questioning the paucity of security measures the company took to protect that information, according to a statement by the agency.

Under the settlement, Snapchat will have to accurately communicate the way in which it maintains the “privacy, security, or confidentiality of users' information.” Plus, the company will need to implement a privacy program that a independent privacy professional will monitor for the next 20 years.

The lack of security led to millions of users' phone numbers and usernames being stolen and uploaded online earlier this year.

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