Facebook will soon own your Instagram data too

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Thumbnail image for instagram-with-photos.jpgInstagram are preparing to introduce a new policy for the new year in which they will share all content with new owners Facebook.

Posting on the company blog, Instagram detailed that the new changes will come into play in January in order to make the relationship between the two companies more seamless:

“Our updated privacy policy helps Instagram function more easily as part of Facebook by being able to share info between the two groups. This means we 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.”

While Instagram insist that nothing will change in terms of who owns photos posted to their snap sharing network and who has access to them, Facebook’s position as owners gives them far greater access to data and content you share through Instagram. Looking at the small print of the company’s information section, alarm bells start ringing:

We may share User Content and your information (including but not limited to, information from cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data, and usage data) with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies that Instagram is part of, or that become part of that group (“Affiliates”). Affiliates may use this information to help provide, understand, and improve the Service (including by providing analytics) and Affiliates’ own services (including by providing you with better and more relevant experiences). But these Affiliates will honor the choices you make about who can see your photos.

Instagram users who avoid Zuckerberg’s empire are getting worked up over the proposed changes. But after the high-profile buyout, this increasingly cosy relationship between the two firms was all but inevitable.

Via: ShinyShiny

Gerald Lynch