Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Instagram warning

I tend to avoid this kind of post, but felt it was worth putting out there as many people who travel take lots of pictures and some of them post them on Instagram.

Instagram wants right to sell users' photos to advertisers

Facebook's photo-sharing site Instagram has updated its privacy policy giving it the right to sell users' photos to advertisers without notification.

So if you don't delete your photos by 16 Jan. they get to sell your photos for profit without your approval...

Source article at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20767537

On reading the new policy at

There are 2 main problem points:

Parties with whom we may share your information:
* We may share User Content and your information (including but not limited to, information from cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data, and usage data) with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies that Instagram is part of, or that become part of that group ("Affiliates"). (like Facebook)

Parties with whom you may choose to share your User Content:
* Any information or content that you voluntarily disclose for posting to the Service, such as User Content, becomes available to the public, as controlled by any applicable privacy settings that you set. To change your privacy settings on the Service, please change your profile setting. Once you have shared User Content or made it public, that User Content may be re-shared by others.


  1. that is a devastating news. If they do that, that is illegal and they can be sued. How can they do it? after all the security concerns are taken into an account I say they mustn't do it

  2. Congratulations Eric Klein! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this exciting information.