Snap Map: a new feature that lets people see your exact location


The New Hampshire Attorney General's website offers internet safety resources, including a link to a parent's guide for protecting children online and a family Internet safety contract. The "Snap Maps" feature was introduced into the application as part of a recent update, where it displays a map of nearby friends, that pin point a user's latest location gathered through their smart-phone's Global Positioning System sensor.

Snapchat introduced the feature last week. Your Bitmoji will pop up showing your exact location-down to the street.

"This is problematic when it comes to children and teens who don't yet fully understand or appreciate the risks and dangers of using location-based applications, games, and/or services", says Rossow.

Andrew Rossow, a cyberspace and technology lawyer says the biggest concern is that users are updating the app without reading what the actual update consists of.

First things first: If you have Snapchat on your phone and you're not keen on sharing your whereabouts with your friends list at all times, you can enable Ghost Mode, which makes your location inaccessible to other users.

Ghost Mode can be enabled from the settings menu, and will remain active until the user manually turns it off. Snapchatters can choose exactly who they want to share their location with, if at all, and can change that setting at any time.

You don't have to give away your location on Snapchat if you don't want to. From there, you'll be able to make adjustments.

To edit your location settings, just tap the ⚙️ button in the top-right corner of the Map screen!

But concerned users point out that the app can also let unwanted viewers know each other's location at any given time. Within the app lies access to a map that allows you to explore what's going on around the world and also see where your friends are.