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Instagram – Updates to Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Instagram - updates to terms of use and privacy policy

The Instagram community has grown by many millions of people since they wrote their original Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. As the Instagram team announced in December, they have updated their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. These policies also now take into account the feedback they received from the Instagram Community. According to the announced made last month, these updated policies will be in effect as of January 19th, 2013.

Here are a few key updates:

  • Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them.
  • The updated privacy policy helps Instagram function more easily as part of Facebook by being able to share info between the two groups. This means that the Instagram developer team 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.
  • The updated terms of service help protect you, and prevent spam and abuse as Instagram grows.

And remember, these updates don’t change the fact that you own your photos that you post on Instagram, and the privacy controls work just as they did before.