Usually, Omegle does not provide users' data to third parties. If anything, the platform is built around anonymity and discretion. However, Omegle will release the available records according to the set regulations when compelled by the law.
Omegle: The Dangers of Anonymity
Founded in 2009, Omegle is a website where people meet and engage through videos and texts anonymously. The platform does not collect basic user information such as names, emails, and phone numbers. Nevertheless, Omegle collects IP addresses and relies on cookies for identification, so it's not entirely anonymous.
What Are the Dangers of Using Omegle?
Does Omegle Keep Users' Records?
- Chat history metadata such as phone records containing IP addresses (but not chat contents) are retained for up to 120 days. The information required for search includes IP address and/or ID cookies and date range.
- Chatlogs, including text contents of chats saved by users are also collected by Omegle. Usually, users can save their chatlog details at the end of every conversation.
- IP addresses are also collected on the platform alongside the chats, and once they are saved, they are retained indefinitely.
- Webcam moderation snapshots can be retained for several hours, 90 days, or indefinitely depending on their nature.
How Omegle Record Chats Without User's Personal Details
How Omegle Records Can Be Useful
Many people that meet on Omegle share sexual texts or videos, but the users' records can be recorded and handed over to law enforcement. Having these records collected can be critical to a case if, for instance, you are a parent and your child finds their way to Omegle and is sexually abused. These records can be confiscated by the police and the perpetrator arrested.
In a recent lawsuit against Omegle:
- A woman in 2014 who identified as A.M., claimed she was sexually abused by a man older than her.
- A.M. claimed she was 11 years old when she joined Omegle, where she was paired with a sexual predator.
- Apart from being promised to “feel better,” A.M. claimed that the accused demanded that she send him sexual photos and videos for over three years.
- As time went by, the man's demands increased. At one time, he asked A.M. to recruit more friends to the platform and even set targets for her.
In a case like this, law enforcement could contact Omegle and ask for all the records of chats between the two in order to determine whether or not A.M. was abused on their website.
Can You File a Lawsuit Against Omegle?
Anyone abused on Omegle can file a lawsuit against them to try and recover compensation for their damages. Marsy's Law ensures that victims of crime have equal, constitutional rights as those accused and convicted of crimes. However, you only have 10 years from when the incident occurred to file your claim. You can recover compensation for the damages suffered (mainly pain and suffering) and in some cases, you might also be eligible for punitive damages.
Contact an Omegle Lawsuit Lawyer
At the Dolman Law Group, we are committed to ensuring that our clients get the best legal representation. Contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule a free case review.