Omegle is a free online chat website that allows users to socialise with others around the world without the need to register. As users do not need an account to register anonymity is an issue, the person on the other end could be anyone around the world and the user has only been linked with them as they have the same interests. The platform creators state on their website that ‘Predators have been known to use Omegle, so please be careful’. Additionally, they do not offer Parental control protections such as computer hardware, software, or filtering services this means that a person under the age of 18 can view content, have contact, share information or converse with someone they should not.
Although Omegle has been around since 2009 it has become more popular in the last year as a socially distanced way to connect and although the age to sign up is 18+ it is incredibly popular with younger users. The platform can be access by using the app or desktop version. The platform has e-chat and video chat features allowing the strangers to talk instantly.
Is it safe to use Omegle?
The people you can encounter on any digital platform may not act appropriately and can use the platform to abuse vulnerable or underage people in a number of ways. Users for this platform should be 18+ and children should not access Omegle as they have the potential in to coming in to contact with harm.
Are the chats and video monitored?
- At the beginning of every chat, a record is made of the fact that a chat occurred between the two people chatting. This record includes:
- A timestamp
- IP address
- ID cookie,
- Similar information that connects the chat partners.
Omegle can optionally be linked with a Facebook account to enable certain features including:
- A list of items the user has liked on Facebook to match you with other users.
- Omegle provides an option for publishing a chat log to your Facebook account.
These records can be used for the purpose of tracking spammers, hackers, and others who pose harm to the Omegle site; and may also be used for law enforcement purposes; or analysed in aggregate to produce statistical data (e.g., average number of chats started at different times of day). These records are typically stored for approximately 120 days on their system.
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