Instagram

Instagram has provided a preview of changes to its privacy policy and terms of service which will take effect starting January 16.

According to the famous photo sharing services, these changes will allow users to experience a greater data sharing with Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), one of the largest social networking giants.

Here is what Instagam’s blog tells about the update:

“Our updated privacy policy helps Instagram function more easily as part of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) by being able to share info between the two groups. This means we can do things like fight spam more effectively, detect system and reliability problems more quickly, and build better features for everyone by understanding how Instagram is used”

According to the update privacy policy, the photo sharing service will be sharing information from cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data, and usage data with Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and other companies under the same ownership.

Instagram states in its policy :

“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 (“Affiliates”).”

However, Instagram confirms that nothing in the legal update will affect who can see user’s photos. The company assures that the users will have a clear choice over who is able to see their photos when the changes take effect in January 2013.

 “Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them”

Instagram believes that the new policies will allow for better spam prevention and system stability by integrating content sharing with the social networking giant, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB).

Although privacy policies and terms of service, like the one Instagram updated, are quite a common place in social networking world. However, the fact the Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has already been a target of users’ mistrust for its new privacy policy, this new update in Instagram’s privacy policy and ToS is likely to leave many concerns among its users worldwide.

Though it’s still unclear as to how Instagram is going to use user content to bring it into a mutual benefit of the company and its users,  it is indeed notable that this update is one of the early signs of service integration between the two companies ever since the photo sharing service took off its photo integration with Twitter.