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Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angst (copy)

Laurel Foster looks at Instagram in San Francisco on Nov. 1, 2018.

Almost every teen has a cellphone or regular access to one. Apps like Snapchat, Instagram, and VSCO are becoming increasingly popular and with privacy scares, like the one occurring at Facebook, it leaves teens to wonder if their information is actually safe.

One of the first things that you have to do when setting up a social media account is accept the terms and policies statement. Most people just click the “accept” button and move on without really knowing what they have agreed to. For example, the Snapchat terms and conditions has policies that say they are entitled to all of your photos. This means that if you take a photo on Snapchat, the company can keep it forever.

Another thing that you will see in a lot of terms and conditions is the use of third parties that help the company process all the data they get. When you think about it, social media networks have to find a way to make more money than just having the occasional ad. They use the third party’s network to process the data and make it something that they can sell.

I am not saying that you need to read all the pages of every terms and condition statement you come across, but you should be aware that once you click “agree,” in most cases the company has the rights to all of the content you submit to the app.