Wednesday 30 July 2014
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Instagram Will Have the Right to Sell Your Photos Under New Policy

Imagine…You’re casually watching TV when a commercial for your favorite tropical resort graces the screen. In fact, you were there two months ago! All of a sudden, you notice that the images they’re using look a little too familiar. And then, the kicker – your own child’s happy, smiling face.

Instagram Changes PolicyThis is what could become of your Instagram account in the future.

The popular photo sharing company announced some drastic changes to its privacy policy this morning and you might want to be aware of them. As of January 16th, Instagram will have the right to sell the photos you post, essentially making it a stock photo website with the added detriment of the fact that the original photographer won’t get paid for their art.

And to make matters worse, you can’t opt out. Unless you delete your account before the policy goes into effect, every picture from your past will suddenly not be considered “your picture.” This all comes just 3 months after Facebook acquired Instagram, which I suppose means that we shouldn’t be surprised considering Facebook’s history with privacy policies.

You won't be able to do THIS anymore.

You won’t be able to do THIS anymore.

There has been an outpouring of dissent on social media since the announcement, and CNET reports the following comment and mock-translation from Instagram users:

Instagram’s suicide note.

‘You are not our customers, you are the cattle we drive to market and auction off to the highest bidder. Enjoy your feed and keep producing the milk’

So what now? Obviously these are changes that have major implications for your personal privacy. Consider taking the following steps:


Instagram is very clear about one thing: There’s no way to opt out of this part of the service. The only way to protect yourself is to delete your account. If you’re concerned about these issues and want to continue to share with your friends and family, consider creating an account at Sgrouples and sharing safely there. One of our first and foremost pledges is that you own your own content, so this is the sort of thing you’ll never have to worry about!

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