Instagram Updates Its TOS - Now They Can Sell Your Photos

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Instagram, the free photo-sharing program and social networking website, has made a few changes to its Privacy and Terms of Service document, yesterday. The new updates have made quite a kerfuffle among thousands of Instagram users around the world. The main reason is the fact that now they can sell your details and pictures to 3rd parties for advertising purposes.

The new updates to the TOS will come to effect on the 13th of January 2013. In case if you need to opt out of the new terms, you will have to delete your Instagram account before that.

The paragraph in the new TOS which has the biggest impact on its users is:

“Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue.

To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf.”

The Instagram community seems to strongly oppose the new updates to the TOS. The changed privacy and terms of service policy will allow Facebook, the social networking giant who acquired Instagram for approximately $1 billion in cash and stock in September, the right to sell the photos uploaded by the users. The users will neither receive any revenue nor credit for their pictures.

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