New 'Snap Maps' update in the Snapchat app raises privacy concerns

ABC News' Jesse Palmer brings the latest on what parents should know to protect their children's privacy in the Snapchat app.
2:05 | 06/26/17

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Transcript for New 'Snap Maps' update in the Snapchat app raises privacy concerns
tomorrow on webmd. Now to that parenting alert about Snapchat. Have you heard about this? What you need to know about the new feature called snap maps and concern about how easy it is to track your children and Jesse has more on red flags it's raising. Good morning again. Good morning. That's right. Snap maps seems innocent enough. The ability to let your friends and followers know where you are instantly. But there are some serious concerns about your privacy. Thanks to a new Snapchat feature called snap map. Not only can you see exactly what your friends are doing you can track them down to join the fun. But this morning, many parents of younger Snapchat users are worried that the sharing has gone too far. Putting their kids' privacy at risk. This is particularly concerning to parents because, well, Knapp is one of the most popular social networks. Reporter: How does it work? If you update your Snapchat app you'll be promised to either opt in to sharing your location on snap map or stay in ghost mode so you can see where others are but they can't see you. According to snchat it's impossible to share your locations with someone who isn't your friend. You can even select which friends see you and which ones don't and the map only updates your location when you're actually using the app. Still, some parents fear this type of visible makes their kids vulnerable. So you as a parent want to know who your children's friends are in Snapchat because they can at any time toggle the settings to share the location or not with those people in Snapchat. Reporter: It may be alarming for parents but location sharing isn't new. Apps like Facebook messenger and apple's find my friends allow you to share your specific location with others and since this type of technology isn't going away any time soon experts suggest talking to your kids about who they add on Snapchat. Being selective about what the word "Friend" means and above all when your kids update their apps make sure you're up to date on what that means for them. Snapchat released a statement saying the location sharing feature is completely optional and if someone wants to use it they can control who sees them and only people they're already friends with on the app.

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