Instagram Goes Creepy, Will Sell Users’ Photos

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – “All kinds of creepy” could be used describe a new privacy policy initiated by popular photo sharing app Instragram. According to a BBC report on Tuesday, the company, now owned by Facebook, will institute a measure which allows it to sell user photos to advertisers without notifying them.

In addition to just photos, Instagram will now be allowed to share more information about its users with third parties including Facebook, advertisers and affiliates.

The company appears to have already defended its actions in remarks posted via its blog. “Our updated privacy policy helps Instagram function more easily as part of Facebook by being able to share info between the two groups. This means we can do things like fight spam more effectively, detect system and reliability problems more quickly, and build better features for everyone by understanding how Instagram is used,” stated Instagram.

However, things sound notably worse when examining the actual policy statement. “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,” the text reads, according to a report from USA Today.

Facebook signaled it’d buy Instagram for $1 billion in April.

The new privacy policy is set to hit January 16. Users likely won’t be happy with Instargam making money off of them – and could instead turn to other popular photo sharing apps. Meanwhile, further clarification on the policy from Instagram could arrive following such backlash – so stay tuned.