Tech Check: Should you be concerned about Instagrams new privacy policy? -

Tech Check: Should you be concerned about Instagrams new privacy policy?

By know you’ve probably seen the warning going around the Internet: Instagram can now use and sell your photos without asking for your permission.

So should you be concerned?

The popular photo-sharing mobile app announced changes to its privacy policy and terms of use on Monday. The new policies are slated to start on Jan. 16, 2013, but users are already raising concerns on social media. Many say they’ll delete their accounts and share their photos using other methods.

Language included in Instagram’s new terms of use suggests that the company may accept payment to in exchange for the use of a person’s username, likeness, photos and other data for sponsored content or promotions.

Instagram’s new terms of use says:

“Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, 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.”

However, Instagram and its parent company Facebook could face state privacy laws, The New York Times reports.

Another change to Instagram’s terms of use suggests that the company does necessarily not have to identify ads or sponsored content in its feed.

“You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.”

CNET points out that the language may conflict with the Federal Trade Commission’s guidelines that requires advertisements be listed as such.

Instagram did not comment on specifics regarding its plans for advertising, but did release this statement to CBS News:

“As we’ve said in the past, we are continuing to evaluate when, how, and in what form advertising inside Instagram plays a role in creating value for users and brands alike.”

According to the Times, the new terms will apply to photos posted after Jan. 16, 2013. Users who are not comfortable with Instagram’s new privacy policy can just stop using the service.

It was just a few weeks ago Instagram made another big change: photos shared to Twitter no longer show up as an embedded picture. Instead, you get a link to Instgram’s website you must click to view the photos. Facebook Instagram pics, however, still show up as normal within a user’s Timeline view.

If you’re looking to ditch your Instagram account, you may want to use a service called “Instaport.” Once you authorize this app to access your Instagram account, it will download all your photos for you so you can store them to your computer. You can then go to the Instagram Account Removal page to delete your account.

What will you do? Will you delete your Instagram account? Leave your comments below this story.

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