I decided to jump into the instagram world and see really what this company was all about. Its pretty sad actually. You are essentially providing all of this free content for them and they have figured out how to utilize it properly and have become a multi billion dollar corporation. They can pretty much do whatever they want with your information and you just have to sit there and let it happen. That sounds bad…but seriously. Its malicious! (but brilliant!)
Something that immediately jumped out to was this:
- You must not use domain names or web URLs in your username without prior written consent from Instagram.
Its interesting to think that they would put this in there. It’s not really like someone can put there domain name as the handle and (poof!) they are being redirected to the persons website anytime someone clicks on there handle. Sure, that was a little weird..but then I found this:
“Although it is Instagram’s intention for the Service to be available as much as possible, there will be occasions when the Service may be interrupted, including, without limitation, for scheduled maintenance or upgrades, for emergency repairs, or due to failure of telecommunications links and/or equipment. Also, Instagram reserves the right to remove any Content from the Service for any reason, without prior notice. Content removed from the Service may continue to be stored by Instagram, including, without limitation, in order to comply with certain legal obligations, but may not be retrievable without a valid court order. Consequently, Instagram encourages you to maintain your own backup of your Content. In other words, Instagram is not a backup service and you agree that you will not rely on the Service for the purposes of Content backup or storage. Instagram will not be liable to you for any modification, suspension, or discontinuation of the Services, or the loss of any Content. You also acknowledge that the Internet may be subject to breaches of security and that the submission of Content or other information may not be secure.”
Pretty much they are saying that they hold the right to do whatever they want, whenever they want, and however they want to do it with your content that you uploaded to their site. They own your content at the moment you push ‘post’. What a joke. They can use this information for so many wrong things. They could be seeing your pictures of you smoking weed to local law enforcement agencies and be solely responsible for most of the vacuous acts that occur in our community.
And then you begin to get to the real meat and bones!
” HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
help you efficiently access your information after you sign in
remember information so you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the Service;
provide personalized content and information to you and others, which could include online ads or other forms of marketing
provide, improve, test, and monitor the effectiveness of our Service
develop and test new products and features
monitor metrics such as total number of visitors, traffic, and demographic patterns
diagnose or fix technology problems
automatically update the Instagram application on your device
Instagram or other Users may run contests, special offers or other events or activities (“Events”) on the Service. If you do not want to participate in an Event, do not use the particular Metadata (i.e. hashtag or geotag) associated with that Event. “
This definitely has changed my perception of what I should be posting and what I should not be posting. You’re information can sold and used by whomever instagram chooses. You have no control over that. BE CAREFUL PEOPLE!