December 19, 2012

Dear Silicon Valley, I'm Not Your Product

Matthew Bostock, The Kernel


AP Photo

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of smug tech bloggers spouting platitudes like, “if you’re not paying, you’re the product”, as if that excuses every privacy infraction ever committed by internet businesses. Well, I’m sorry, but it doesn’t. Yesterday, Instagram changed its terms of service. Now under the wing of Facebook, the TOS rehash allows the company access to your user name, likes, uploaded photos, and actions. They can all now be sold onto third parties for advertising purposes. That photo of you grinning over lunch? It could be used in an ad for diarrhoea pills. I mean, it probably won’t, but it might.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Instagram, apps, privacy, Silicon Valley

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

December 18, 2012
Instagram Has the Right to Sell Your Photos
Declan McCullagh, CNET
Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users' photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry.The new intellectual property policy, which takes... more ››
December 18, 2012
How to Download Instagram Pics, Kill Your Account
R. Baldwin, Wired
Today Instagram unleashed brand-new terms of service that has rubbed many of its loyal users the wrong way. Instagram can sell your photos to third parties for ads without telling you. While the chances are slim that your photo... more ››
December 6, 2012
The Instagram-Twitter Fight and You
Mathew Ingram, GigaOm
Remember when Twitter was just a free and open conduit for whatever content its users wanted to distribute? Those days are long gone now, replaced by Twitter’s desire to control and monetize as much of its platform as... more ››