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.
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.
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:
- Avoid posting pictures of children. We’ve told you about the importance of avoiding this in the past, but it’s particularly critical given that now those images can be used without your consent. It’s possible that this would even be against state privacy laws.
- Be careful posting pictures of others who are unaware that you’re using their image. Your friends could end up like one of these people.
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!