Snapchat Privacy Policy: Your Biggest Questions Answered

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Snapchat is setting the record straight about what happens to your private content following a weekend of confusion after the company rewrote its privacy policy and terms of service.

Some users expressed concern the new policy gave Snapchat ownership over all content, contrary to what the rewritten policies actually say.

Here's a look at what Snapchat users need to know when it comes to their privacy and the content they create.

Your Snaps and Chats

Snapchat said in a statement Sunday the company isn't stockpiling users' snaps and chats and that they "remain as private today as they were before the update."

The privacy policy promises the private communications are automatically deleted once the company detects they have been opened by the recipient or have expired. Snapchat's statement notes the company does not have control if the user is able to save or screenshot snaps and chats.

"The important point is that Snapchat is not -- and never has been -- stockpiling your private Snaps or Chats. And because we continue to delete them from our servers as soon as they’re read, we could not -- and do not-- share them with advertisers or business partners," the statement said.

What Snapchat Does Have Rights To

Snapchat's terms of service give the company a "broad license" to use certain public content, such as snaps submitted to the app's live stories feature so the company can show the stories "around the world -- and even replay them or syndicate them," the statement said. Snapchat representatives also noted this inclusion has been in previous iterations of its terms of service and privacy policy.

Why the Policies Were Rewritten

Snapchat's policies were rewritten "so that they’d read the way people actually talk. We always try to be upfront and clear with our community," the statement said.

Aside from making the legal jargon easier for everyone to understand, Snapchat also added new language regarding the purchase of replays and some future products and services the company says it has in the pipeline.