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December 19, 2012

Do You Have a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy online?



MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -
The social media world freaked out Tuesday when Instagram said it was going to change its terms of service in order to be able to sell your photos to advertisers.
Users threatened to delete their accounts, and when people said they would never use Instagram ever again, the Facebook-owned company backed off.
Wednesday, Instagram's co-founder released the following statement:
"The language we proposed ... raised questions about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement. We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we're going to remove the language that raised the question."
So, the people won -- their voices were heard.
But, that raises a bigger-picture question of your privacy on the internet: If you post a picture on the web, do you have a reasonable expectation of privacy? Or if you put a picture or status update  or tweet on the internet, are you already saying you're okay with it being displayed publicly?
Actor Wil Wheaton tweeted out to his 2.1 million followers, "If someone Instagrams a photo of Seth Green walking through an Urban Outfitters, does that mean Urban Outfitters can take that image and use it to create an implied endorsement by Seth?"
Wheaton continued, "What if the picture is taken by a complete stranger? Who gets final say in how the image is used? The subject, the photographer, or Instagram?"
So, should people be worried about posting photos on the internet or are most users fine with it? Also, when are your legal rights violated when it comes to photos on the web?

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