Snapchat's update raises privacy concern

Snapchat's update raises privacy concerns

A recent Snapchat update is raising privacy concerns for some users.

The new feature called "Snap Map" allows users to share their exact location with friends.

According to a post from the "Snapchat Support" Twitter page, it is up to you to share your location. The post says, "The first time you enter Snap Map, you choose who to share your location with. We won't show you on the map before then!"    

Some users and parents of users say the new feature is a bad idea altogether.

Yannick Garcia, who is a tennis instructor at the Tattnall Square Tennis Center, says she didn't find out about the update until a 12-year-old told her today. "I don't really think it's a really good idea because a lot of kids add people that they don't know. They just think, 'Oh, it's a random name like Brenda,' but it's actually not Brenda. It could be somebody else," Garcia said. She will not be sharing her location on the app. 

Kami Pugh says she has a 12-year-old son who has a Snapchat and she monitors his social media on a regular basis. "It is very alarming to me that there is a new update that allows him to track to the exact location of where he is. His father and I are the only ones who really should know where he is at any given moment," Pugh said.

If you are a Snapchat user or parent, you can find information about how to manage Snap Map at support.snapchat.com.

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