Privacy4Patriots Responds to Instagram’s Recent About-Face by Offering 3 Ways for People to Voice Their Opinions about Privacy Violations

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When a number of people recently voiced their concerns about perceived privacy violations in the revised Terms of Service announced by Instagram, the company made adjustments. In response, Privacy4Patriots recommends 3 simple action steps people can take when they believe a business is violating their privacy rights.

"Privacy4Patriots...wishes to encourage people to stand up for their privacy rights whenever they appear to be violated by a business."

As reported by CNN and other media outlets, popular photo-sharing application Instagram recently announced proposed changes to its terms of service that resulted in users believing that photos they posted to the Instagram site could be used by advertisers.

The exact wording of the proposed TOS changes included, “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.” Following a public outcry, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog post that, “Instagram never had any intention of selling users’ photos.”

Privacy4Patriots, the publisher of an upcoming report on how to protect your privacy, wishes to encourage people to stand up for their privacy rights whenever they appear to be violated by a business. Here are three simple ways to do that:

  •     Let the company know through letters, emails and phone calls that your believe your privacy rights are being violated by the company’s policies.
  •     Contact mainstream and trade media to let them know about the situation. If enough people do that, the media will take notice.
  •     Make it known through a variety of social media networks what the company is doing and how it’s affecting people’s privacy rights. Most businesses are tuned into what is being communicated about them through social media.

Check out this blog post on the 4 ways to keep your personal data safe on Facebook.

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