Why This Instagram User Is Ditching App
Facebook places almost no value on the privacy of its users and that is why it came as little shock that once they acquired Instagram that policy changes would be fast coming. The most recent policy change that infuriated users basically stated that Instagram would be given the ability to take the images of its registered users and sell or use those photos without needing any form of consent. The idea that family photos, personal images or any digital photograph displaying artistic expression captured by users could be taken without permission by Instagram and used for profit or exploitation was simply ridiculous. The uproar among users was swift and it only took minutes before technology blogs were blowing up about the absurdity of the policy. And this is just one of the many changes to policy that Instagram pushed forward that reeked of legal BS. Policy changes that make it almost impossible for its users to keep photos private.
Basically, if users want their family photos, artistic images or any other photographs captured then shared on Instagram to be private then the best thing to do is not share the digital content on Instagram to begin with. Policy changes will always be used to give a company the ultimate level of control over user driven content. That is why this Instagram user has chosen to delete his account and all data associated with that account.
Would you be okay with Instagram having some form of shared copyright to your personal photographs captured using the their mobile app?
Should users have the ability to make profiles and photos completely private?
Are you concerned with the GPS tracking feature now used on Instagram that tracks where a person is at when they take a photograph?