If you thought Instagram’s new terms introduced in December 2012 were awful, their update today is even worse.
We’ve all been waiting to see what Instagram would do with their promised new terms. You’d think Instagram would have released a nicer set of terms after their fiasco in December. But no, Instagram went ten times worse. They’ve added NEW sections. The dambook.com did a great job summarizing the changes:
- Instagram may continue to reuse your content in an extremely broad way, even if you delete your account. Basically, your material “may persist and appear within the Service” forever. (Basic Terms, Section 17)
- You assume all liability for any use of the photos or metadata in the photos within their service now and in the future. You explicitly agree to pay their lawyers at their request if they ever get sued by anyone in conjunction to any right of privacy or other right arising out of the use of your photos. Which you have no control over. (The Indemnification section)
- They can modify the service at any point in the future with no notice and liability to you. (General Conditions, Section 1)
- You agree that they may update the terms of service in the future, and you agree that you will abide by those new changes. All they have to do to create new terms is to post them on the website, with no further notice required. You do not seem to have the right to remove existing material no matter how much you might disagree with the new terms. (General Conditions, Section 3)
- You agree to never join a class action suit against them, and that any dispute will be resolved by arbitration. (Note that arbitration is traditionally understood to be a very unfriendly place for any kind of customer redress. Basically it’s the place where complaints go to die.)
Read more of dambook’s analysis.
I think someone at Facebook wants Instagram to die. Seriously. This is just ridiculous. I stopped using Instagram in December. But since I’m a digital
hoarder archivist, I don’t like deleting accounts. I was going to simply let my Instagram account sit there, as is. But now that Facebook added all these extra terms, there is ABSOLUTELY no way I’m going to let Facebook have that sort of ownership and access and ability. It’s seriously like something from a communist regime. I’m even thinking about leaving facebook.
I will be definitely deleting my Instagram account. But first I’m gonna archive all the comments and favs on my photos. Yeah, that digital archivist part of me wants a record of all that stuff. The methods I use to backup this information will be documented in upcoming blog posts.
Curious about what else I think about Instagram? Check out all my posts tagged Instagram.