[ExI] question for it hipsters

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Tue Oct 14 16:49:52 UTC 2014

On Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM, spike wrote:
> Now we are being told there is a company Snapchat which enables children to
> take selfies in the bathroom mirror and send them to each other without risk
> of the photos going on the internet, since it lacks archiving features on
> the company's servers and has no archiving option for either the sender or
> the receiver.
> At the same time, we hear US government officials doing US government
> official business opting for Instant Messaging or texting, over email for
> some odd reason, but that these IM services have an archiving option by the
> company or by either the receiver or the sender.
> So in theory, none of the three SnapChat participants have the option to
> archive, but with text messaging, any of the three can.
> Please educate me, IT hipsters.  We are now being told that SnapChat files
> were somehow hacked and are in existence, yet one US government bureaucracy
> after another is somehow accidentally losing IM texts and these are gone
> forever.
> Is that really what we are saying here?

According to Wikipedia - In the United States alone there are over
10,000 laws and regulations related to electronic messaging and
records retention.

If businesses fail to retain records for discovery procedures they are
breaking the law.

Both sender and receiver companies can install IM archiving software.
And legally, they probably HAVE to.

Snapchat are claiming that they weren't hacked and don't retain any
photos. But there is separate archiving software used by many Snapchat
users and that was hacked.


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