Instagram releases its updated privacy policy

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PALO ALTO, CA – There’s change brewing in the tech world and it’s turning people’s duck faces upside down.

Instagram released an updated version of its privacy policy and terms of service. In short, the new policies say how users’ photographs might be used by Instagram and its parent company, Facebook. Instagram says the re-vamp is merely so that Instagram would ‘function more easily as part of Facebook by being able to share info between the two groups.’

Sure!

It seems they’re more motivated by money and advertisers. In fact, you, your nails, your lunch or even your pooch or puss could star in an ad and not even know it. Part of the new ‘rights’ include this:

“You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata.)”

The only way to opt out is to delete your Instagram.

All the changes go into effect on January 16, 2013. So, you still got some time to decide if you should get rid of your account.

You know, you could always try going back to the New MySpace. Yeah, they’re back. We’ll see how well that goes.