Social media app update raises privacy concerns

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Snapchat is a social media app that lets friends connect with one another. Its newest update lets you get closer than ever. It allows users share their exact location.

It's called Snap Map. To some, it's just the latest innovation bringing us together in the Information Age.

However, it raises questions about privacy and security.

Law enforcement officers say sharing your location can make you vulnerable. They say this feature would be one way a predator could easily target a victim.

Potential stalking could even be a concern. Since many people on the app are young, they might not even realize this is a possible danger.

"Generally, it's not a 65-year-old person using Snapchat, it's millennials. When you're younger, obviously you're more interested in going out and having fun and using the application to have a good time with it. You just don't see the danger in some of these things, until it's too late," said Sergeant Scott Parks, the Washington County Sheriff's Office supervisor of the digital forensics laboratory.

It's important to note that the Snap Map feature is off by default and has to be turned on.

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