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December 21, 2012  | by: Rebeka Silva

Back in April when Facebook bought Instagram for a staggering 1.9 million, changes were bound to come. Nine months later, Instagram drops the biggest change to the app, a change in their privacy policy.

Mirroring their big brother, Instagram will now be able to use any and all user photos for whatever they want. Many celebs, like Anderson Cooper, have expressed their outrage, and have even tweeted about looking for a new photo application.

For high profile users like celebs, political figures and etc., this is a big blow, but what about for the normal users, like you and I? At first, thoughts like “who is going to want to use my pictures”? comes to mind. But these new privacy rules mean a little more than that.

Not only can they physically distribute user pictures at their disposal, but they can use those pictures, break them down into all attributes, and sell those attributes to Facebook, and any other advertising agency. This means they are making money off of you! Without your permission, and probably your awareness.

By continuing the use of Instagram, “You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.” That doesn’t sound right, does it? What’s worse, underage users are not exempt.

On top of those nasty new rules, Instagram also has the written consent from you to be able to legally lie to you. In the updated terms, Instagram states that “You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.” Oh, don’t like being lied to, used, and sold? Deleting your account and no longer using Instagram is your only option, because these new rules will not have access to your past uploads, only your present and future ones.

Obviously, this will not be the downfall of Instagram, as it was not the downfall of Facebook. These social networking sites have such a hold on their users, that they can impose these new terms which blatantly take away people’s right to privacy, and go on making billions of dollars. These new terms go into effect on January 16, 2013, so the time to escape is now, before you go for sale on Instagram.

And just so you get a kick in the right direction, here is how to download all your Instagram pictures and then delete your account.

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