Instagram Privacy Terms

I selected Instagram. Mainly because I literally signed up for it two weeks ago and simply to check up on my 14 year old daughter. I wanted to make sure that the things she was posting were appropriate and keep an eye on the things she was viewing. Being new to the site I thought it would be a good idea to see what their privacy terms are.

I was a little shocked at how much data they acquire and use for analytics. Including other web pages that you visit on your device through the cookies. Additionally if you login from a computer it will log the IP address basically tracking where you are logging in from.   One saving grace to the fact that they are nearly tracking everything you do on your phone is that they do state they will not share your information with any other third party outside of Instagram “or the group of companies of which Instagram is a part.” But when you think that Instagram is owned by Facebook, and the possibility of what else Facebook could own now or down the road, it makes you wonder just how private your private information really is. They do share users information including content when responding to legal requests. While this may bother some users, I live by a simple rule: Don’t give them a legal reason to look at you. In other words, don’t make threats against the government, don’t post terrorist photos, just don’t be dumb. If you’re not breaking the law you don’t have anything to hide.

I read through all of the Privacy Terms as wells as the standard Terms and Conditions. I could not identify what they will specifically do in the event of a breach in the site. It does state multiple times that the protection and updating of the users, user name and password, are the responsibility of the user.

Finally, of course the terms are subject to change. In the event of a change they will provide prior notice to their users and you are free to delete your account at any time.

Instagram Privacy Terms

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