December 19, 2012

Dear Silicon Valley, I'm Not Your Product

Matthew Bostock, The Kernel

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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.

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TAGGED: Instagram, apps, privacy, Silicon Valley


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