This Message Will Self-Destruct: Confide, Snapchat, and How New Self-Destructing Messaging Services Could Alter the Discovery Landscape

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Self-destructing messages used to be found only in spy shows like “Mission Impossible.” But new messaging apps like teen-favorite Snapchat and the newly released Confide have brought the concept of self-destructing messages into the mainstream. Each of these apps has, at its core, the goal of making sure that the pictures or text you want to communicate are visible to the recipient for only a certain period of time. After that, they’re gone and cannot be retrieved.

If you haven’t used apps like these before, here’s what they do. Snapchat allows you to take pictures and send them to recipients who can only view them for a time period that you determine, and then they’re gone. They’re not stored on your device in any way (unless, of course, you manage to take a screenshot while the picture is on the screen, which is not easy to do since you have to…

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About Brian Jones

I represent clients in all aspects of business litigation, but focus my practice on complex litigation and arbitration matters concerning insurance and reinsurance, antitrust, class actions, securities, real estate disputes, and contract matters. I am the co-chair of the Bose McKinney & Evans Insurance Group. I was listed in the 2017 and 2016 "Best Lawyers in America" for Insurance Coverage and named a "Rising Star" in Insurance Coverage by Super Lawyers in Indiana in 2014. I was also named a "Rising Star" in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers in Indiana in 2013 and 2012, and a 2010 “Rising Star” in Business Litigation in Texas. I am a member of the State Bars of Indiana and Texas, the Defense Research Institute, a former member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, and I am licensed to practice before all state courts in Indiana and Texas, as well as all federal courts in Indiana, the Northern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas, the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits. I received my bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in political science and my master’s degree in teaching from Trinity University, where I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. I received my doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where I was the Director of Communications for the Legal Research Board and a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society. Before attending law school, I taught high school geography, government and economics in San Antonio, Texas.
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