Asked in Federal Crimes and Internet Law

Q: Is it illegal to log into someone’s snap account without them knowing but not doing anything bad?

I saw a tiktok of someone saying they’re gonna get police involved because an ex logged into their snapchat account but didn’t necessarily do anything and I was wondering if they can actually do that

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Adam T. Carralejo
Adam T. Carralejo
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Santa Barbara, CA

A: No, unauthorized access to an account is not allowed. Most platforms prohibit unauthorized access. Legally there are are problems as well - its a violation of Federal law and various state laws. However, law enforcement very rarely investigates these issues or charges anyone. They will generally tell you it is a civil matter.

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