In a blog post announcing the change, Instagram makes it very clear that the changes have been made in collaboration with Facebook to better help users make the most of the combined service provided.
“We may share User Content and your information (including but not limited to, information from cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data, and usage data) with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies that Instagram is part of, or that become part of that group.”
The ‘group of companies’ mentioned clearly refers to Facebook and their affiliates, meaning that when the change comes into effect, Instagram will have the right to exchange its users’ personal data with Facebook.
The second new paragraph clarifies what use Instagram’s affiliates will have with the data:
“Affiliates may use this information to help provide, understand, and improve the Service (including by providing analytics) and Affiliates’ own services (including by providing you with better and more relevant experiences). But these Affiliates will honor the choices you make about who can see your photos.”
The constant inclusion of the word “affiliates” insinuates that, at some time soon, Instagram will be further integrated with its affiliate Facebook. The final sentence of the paragraph suggests that, in light of the change, Instagram users will be able to reset their photographs’ privacy settings at some point soon.
The change will come into effect on January 16, 2013.
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