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Forensics firm says Snapchat photos aren't deleted and are retrievable

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Zen Terrelonge

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Apps / May 10th 2013 at 4:00PM

Keep it clean.

Instant image-sharing app Snapchat lets users send photos and videos to friends, with the media lasting on screens for between one and ten-seconds before supposedly disappearing without a trace from servers and users' devices.

Snapchat reckons content is 'shared, enjoyed, but not saved,' although Decipher Forensics says that photos aren't deleted and can be retrieved. It notes that the average person couldn't manage this and that only companies like itself have the power to do so.

The forensics company even went as far as to say picures can be tied to the sender and when they were sent, which may come as a blow to the users as more than 150 million photos are sent a day.

Richard Hickman, a lead examiner, said: "This type of information can be very valuable in any investigation, especially one involving exploitation of a minor. This research will help law enforcement officials retrieve what has been believed to be unrecoverable."

Naturally, you can imagine the wide array of filth that the crazy Snapchat kids are sending to each other. Indeed, one user decided to screenshot snaps of scantily clad women – yes, screenshot, that's a caveat of sending smut – to create the Snapchat Sluts website.