Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Dec 2012 17:31 UTC
Internet & Networking "Everyone from CNET to the BBC is freaking out today about Instagram's new terms of service. The new terms, they claim, allow Instagram to sell user's images. Users are understandably upset. Wired published a tutorial on how to download all of your Instagram photos and delete your account. But long-time Instagram users should think twice before pulling the trigger. The truth is that Instagram has always claimed full rights to your images, but has just re-worded their terms of service to make their intentions clearer." People should stop obsessing over individual service's privacy terms. There's a very simple rule on the internet that everyone ought to be aware of: the moment you put something on the web, it's no longer your property. Deal with it. Coincidentally: nobody cares about your stupid Instagram photos.
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Today will be known
by Nelson on Wed 19th Dec 2012 04:55 UTC
Nelson
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2005-11-29

As the day the Internet proved it was stupid.

It was never the spirit of the ToS to claim that Instagram had ownership over the photos, only that they had usage rights.

Knowing the type of person that uses Instagram..I doubt they care very much. I did get a lot of confused people asking me what all the fuss was about, so to the layman it seems there still is a messaging problem around privacy concerns.

Another point I'd like to bring up is what I feel to be somewhat of a "cried wolf" effect. Today's shitstorm was meritless, and I wonder how many more of these people will tolerate before they begin to tune this out. It could end up hurting the efforts of people who value clear and concise privacy policy.

I think it was annoying all the grandstanding that went on today "I'm deleting my Instagram account!", it showed a genuine lack of sincerity among a lot of people. I think we'd be well suited to pick our battles once privacy concerns rear their ugly heads.

I'm more concerned with Apps on app stores and what they do with personally identifiable information. That's a conversation much more worth having than worrying about Instagram "owning" your filtered picture of food.

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