It has been ten years since the release of Snapchat and in these ten years, Snapchat has become one of the most popular social media applications. With its ease of use, it has become part of the daily lives of millions of people. However, nothing good is free and this applies to this application and data tracking policy. In this article, we will discuss what kind of data Snapchat collects from its users and what the company does with the data collected! In addition, we will tell you how you can limit data tracking and targeted ads.
Let's first see what kind of data Snapchat collects through the messaging app.
Basic in-app data is collected for the operation of an application, such as phone number, email address, date of birth etc. In addition, as a user, you agree to disclose this information to the application when you agree to its terms and conditions.
In addition, Snapchat collects any information you share either from "Snap" either by one “Chat”. If you send personal information to someone on Snapchat, the messaging app saves it. If you do not want to disclose this sensitive information, avoid sending it to anyone through the app.
Through the app, Snapchat collects most of the information that helps the company create a complete user profile. For example, how you communicate with your friends on Snapchat, the date and time of the messages and their volume. In addition, Snapchat knows which phone you are using, model number, software version, other applications you have installed, and more.
The application also collects all the information about your mobile network and wireless network. However, this is the information you agree to provide to Snapchat when you agree to its terms and conditions.
If you're wondering if Snapchat stores your information when you visit its website, the short answer is "YES". Information such as device details, web browser type, IP address and how many times page views are saved. Snapchat also knows the websites you visited before and after your visit to Snapchat.com.
Snapchat also collects your data through various third-party applications, such as Facebook and Instagram. You agree to disclose this information when you agree to its terms and conditions. However, the data collected can be used to benefit the company in a number of ways.
On the other hand, these technology companies claim to show you ads based on your preferences and activity on various websites.
While it is their responsibility to ensure that a user's data is secure, the information does not always remain in the hands of the platform.
How to stop data tracking on Snapchat from third parties
- Open Snapchat and tap in the upper right corner of the home screen.
- Click on "Adjustment wheel" in the top right corner.
- Scroll down and click on "advertisements".
- press "Advertising preferences".
- Uncheck all three.
How to block targeted ads on Snapchat?
Likewise, you can also manage the ad categories that appear in the application. And if you want, you can also remove all the targeted categories. To do this, open Snapchat settings and follow these steps:
- Go to "Advertisements" as shown in the previous steps.
- Select "Lifestyle and interests".
- To turn off targeted ads, clear all checkboxes or the ones you want to block.
- Clear all check boxes
By repeating the same steps, you set a limit on data tracking on Snapchat and ensure that the application does not receive information about you from third parties. Also, this way you reduce the "annoying" targeted ads.
Source of information: fossbytes.com