Instagram is being hit by first of its kind civil lawsuit over changed of service terms recently. The lawsuit from San Diego-based law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk, insist that Instagram breached privacy rights of its users. Instagram recently changed their their service terms claiming rights to sell your photos without paying loyalty fees to the owner and claiming rights over digital copies of your photos. You can delete / deactivate the account however the digital copies will remain with Instagram.
The lawsuit, filed by San Diego-based law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk, says customers who do not agree with Instagram’s terms can cancel their profile but then forfeit rights to photos they had previously shared on the service.
“In short, Instagram declares that ‘possession is nine-tenths of the law and if you don’t like it, you can’t stop us,'” the lawsuit says.
Instagram kept language that gave it the ability to place ads in conjunction with user content, and saying “that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.” It also kept the mandatory arbitration clause.
So becareful out there when you use free services on the net especially the fine prints which will always meant to confuse users of their own rights and get sold by these greedy giants. This might not be much of a concern to most users however it will definitely be concern for those who actually in the entertainment industry or even those who have explicit / personal contents stored on Instagram. Share this!
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