As we grow more and more technologically advanced, we are forced to endure the dangers of technology.
The popular phone application Snapchat recently released a new feature that will let you know the exact location of an individual.
To date, Snapchat is being used by over 100 million users, most of which is heavily dominated by minors.
Conservative Tribune reports:
The app’s new “Snap Maps” feature is causing concern among privacy advocates, however. According to Fox WFXT News, Snapchat is describing the upgrade as a “new way to explore the world,” but it relies on one troubling capability: Sharing your exact location on a map to potentially hundreds of people.
“Children are unwittingly transmitting their locations in real time,” stated Fred Ryan, the chief of Arlington Police in Massachusetts. He and other law enforcement officials are concerned that the location sharing feature could be used for criminal purposes, especially against kids.
The officer explained that while “Snap Maps” is relatively new, other similar information sharing applications have been used to aid crimes in the past. “We’ve seen that in home burglaries, we’ve seen that in some fraud cases,” he told WFXT News. “Bullying, domestic violence.”
“We’re just asking parents to have conversations and make responsible decisions about this matter with their children,” Chief Ryan continued.
Snapchat later revealed that you can activate “ghost mode” if you don’t want to share your location, but the average user probably won’t know this information.
If your children use Snapchat, take the proper steps to make sure they are safe and activate “ghost mode.”
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