Instagram recently updated their terms and conditions and people are not happy. The new policies allow the $100 billion app to access almost everything important in your phone – from call logs and SMS history to your address book. Let’s have a look at what exactly this means for the average user.
Your account – once you have accepted the terms and conditions, you give Instagram the right to do whatever they want with your content. They reserve the right to delete, edit, block and monitor whatever you upload onto your account.
Camera Access – while the permission to access your camera is typically seen from the get-go, we are not sure what exactly this entails. It doesn’t state whether Instagram can use your camera only if you have the app open or anytime. Looking at other giant tech company scandals, we can only hope it’s the former.
Microphone Access – most of us have experienced the chilling moment when you see an ad about something you were discussing with a friend or that you heard on TV, without ever searching or typing for it. Again, the question is whether they have access to your microphone all the time or only when using the app.
Username Consent – one of the parts in the new policy is that “you can’t use a domain name or URL in your username without prior written consent”. This will prove to be a big hassle for content creators and those that have parts of popular domains in their username, if Instagram disables their account without investigating.
Content License – One clause stands out in particular “We do not claim ownership of your content, but you grant us a license to use it”. This means that just by using Instagram, you give them the right to “non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, publicly perform or display, translate, and create derivative works of your content.”.
Another thing someone picked out was the fact that “you can’t use a domain name or URL in your username without prior written consent”. If your username is the same as your domain name this could lead to your account being disabled, something which could affect many online content creators.
Not only is the everyday user upset about the above but also some celebrities have come out with the concerns, notably Madonna’s recent post saying “Starting tomorrow, Instagram’s new cyber surveillance policies allow Mark Zuckerberg to spy on you and your family, steal your most intimate secrets and monitor your compliance with government mandates through all your devices – including your television – and sell your data to government and industry or punish you for disobedience. #dictatorship”
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