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| October 15, 2013
Snapchat Reveals It Manually Retrieves 'Snaps' By Request Of Law Enforcement Officials
Snapchat has shed new light on the exact details concerning the supposedly transient nature of photos and videos, aka "Snaps," sent through its network. In a new blog post, Snapchat Director of Operations Micah Schaffer reiterates that Snaps are deleted from Snapchat's servers after they are opened by their recipients. Unopened Snaps, on the other hand, remain on the servers until they're deleted. Schaffer maintains, though, that unopened Snaps are not manually retrieved under ordinary circumstances. But under special circumstances, as when required by a law enforcement agency, Snapchat does perform manual retrieval of unopened Snaps: