There you'll find details regarding possible availability of Snapchat account records and the type of legal process required to compel disclosure of that data. Our ability to disclose Snapchat account records is generally governed by the Stored Communications Act, 18 U.S.C.

The SCA mandates that we disclose certain Snapchat account records only in response to specific types of legal process, including subpoenas, court orders and search warrants. Non-US law enforcement and governmental agencies generally must rely on the mechanics of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty or letters rogatory processes to request Snapchat account records from Snap. As a courtesy to non-US law enforcement, we will review and respond to properly submitted preservation requests while the MLAT or letters rogatory process is undertaken. Please see Section IV of our Law Enforcement Guide for more information on accurately locating a Snapchat account.

Snap’s policy is to notify our users when we receive legal process seeking disclosure of their records. Second, where we, in our sole discretion, believe an exceptional circumstance exists – such as cases involving child exploitation or the threat of imminent death or serious bodily injury – we reserve the right to forgo user notice. From there, US law enforcement and governmental agencies can create an account for the purpose of submitting requests and checking the status of submissions.

We also accept service of legal process and general questions from law enforcement via email or mail, although our response time will be significantly slower. Receipt of law enforcement requests by these means is for convenience only and does not waive any objections or legal rights of Snap or its users.

Statewide Network of Agency Photos (SNAP)

The Statewide Network of Agency Photos (SNAP) Program is the central repository for storing the State of Michigan’s digital facial images (Front/Profile/Scars, Marks, and Tattoos) and associated data for law enforcement access.

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