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Instagram updates Privacy Policy, will begin sharing user data with Facebook next month

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday December 17, 2012.

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Instagram today announced changes to its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service to permit sharing member data with its parent company Facebook. The new policies allow for Instagram to share information like "cookies, log files, and device identifiers and location data, with third-party organizations that help us provide the Service to you." In other words, anything someone does on Instagram, from liking a photo to choosing the optional inclusion of geo-tagged data in a photo, will be shared with Facebook.

According to Instagram, nothing changes regarding ownership of photos or who can see them, so the inaccurate chain letters about content ownership that appear on Facebook have nothing to do with the policy changes. Instagram says what this change will permit is the sharing of information with Facebook to make the service more reliable, have better features, and combat spam. Though not mentioned it the announcement, sharing information should also make it easier to include targeted advertising when Instagram eventually begins exploring monetization strategies.

The new policies will take effect January 16, 2013. Instagram members can read the revised Privacy Policy and Terms of Service at the company's website.

source: Instagram, via: Techcrunch

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