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You’ve Been Breaking The Law Since You Downloaded Snapchat

If you have a Snapchat account, no doubt you’re a little obsessed with it. Something you may NOT know, however, is that you’ve been doing something illegal - probably since you first downloaded the app.

Yep, according to British Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, it’s absolutely illegal to screenshot a Snapchat picture and pass it on without consent.

In fact, a report on Lad Bible claims that if the original sender was to report the person who shared the Snapchat, they could even face a prison sentence.

"Under UK copyright law, it would be unlawful for a Snapchat user to copy an image and make it available to the public without the consent of the image owner," the minister wrote on

"The image owner would be able to sue anyone who does this for copyright infringement.

"Snapchat photos are automatically deleted after 10 seconds. The Snapchat privacy policy states that if Snapchat is able to detect that a recipient has taken a screenshot of an image, they will try to inform the original poster.

"However, Snapchat advises users to avoid sending messages which they would not want to be saved or shared."

People who screenshot and share in group chats are also at risk of prosecution - with heavier penalties for sexual content.

"The disclosure of private sexual photographs or films without the consent of an individual who appears in them and with intent to cause that individual distress, is an offence under Section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015," he warned.

"Those convicted could face a maximum sentence of two years in prison."

You have been warned!

Source: Lad Bible

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