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Online privacy changes and Instagram. Who owns your digital life?
Wild uproar this week in the world of Instagram – the digital photo-sharing app that’s had a hundred million users flooding smartphones with snapshots of their breakfast, their kids, their boyfriend’s new haircut. On Monday, Instagram – the overnight sensation that Facebook bought for a billion dollars – announced a change in terms of service.
And it looked like they were going to let advertisers slap your photos into any ad they wanted. Like they owned your face. Your kid’s. Your photo life. Insta-world went nuts.
This hour, On Point: the Instagram uproar, and who owns your digital life.
Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Technology channel.
Justin Brookman, director for Center for Democracy and Technology’s Project on Consumer Privacy.
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C-Net "That means that a hotel in Hawaii, for instance, could write a check to Facebook to license photos taken at its resort and use them on its Web site, in TV ads, in glossy brochures, and so on — without paying any money to the Instagram user who took the photo. The language would include not only photos of picturesque sunsets on Waikiki, but also images of young children frolicking on the beach, a result that parents might not expect, and which could trigger state privacy laws."
New York Times "Facebook and Instagram have both hinted at plans to incorporate advertisements into Instagram’s application, although they have declined to provide details about how and when ads would be deployed. These freshly drafted terms give the first glimpse of what the companies might have planned. Here’s a quick rundown of what the new terms, the most significant changes in Instagram’s short history, could mean for users."
This program aired on December 20, 2012.
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