Changes to Instagram's Terms of Use Raise Concerns

Dec 18, 2012

If Instagram has you feeling like a professional photographer the news tweaks to its terms of service may have you concerned about your intellectual property. Starting January 16, 2013, the photosharing app will share data with Facebook. How will your data - and your photos - be used? Well, here's what Instagram says:

"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."

That's right...your photos and likenesses may be used in ads. This isn't really anything new for Facebook users, though, in the past you've been able to set privacy controls to disallow this. Moral of the story: If you're concerned about your IP on Instagram, pay attention to your terms of service and privacy settings.