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Private or not?

india Updated: Jan 19, 2013 18:13 IST

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Some time ago, Instagram was at the centre of a major controversy when they suddenly announced a new policy according to which the photo-sharing app could sell photos uploaded to advertisers. This move did not go down well with netizens. In fact, several members, including celebs, preferred to delete their accounts than have them sold without their consent.

Instagram immediately retracted the clause. However, the photo-sharing app has launched a new privacy policy, which will come into effect today. In an email sent out to users, the Instagram team states, “Our community has grown by many millions of people since we wrote our original terms of service and privacy policy. As we announced in December, we have updated our terms of service and privacy policy. These policies also now take into account the feedback we received from the Instagram Community. We’re emailing you to remind you that, as we announced last month, these updated policies will be in effect as of January 19th, 2013.”

Users can read Instagram’s blog post that highlights some of the key updates. However, to ensure that there is no hysteria this time, the email goes on to say, “And remember, these updates don't change the fact that you own the photos that you post on Instagram, and our privacy controls work just as they did before.”
Sneha Mahale