A London lawyer has used her privacy law expertise for the greater good by rewriting Instagram’s terms and conditions so even children can understand them.
One-third of internet users are children, but the internet wasn’t created for children.
Afia — whose firm is representing Brad Pitt in his divorce from Angelina Jolie — hopes awareness means users will demand better terms. And this may well happen, given the number of home truths present in Afia’s guidance.
Though some T&Cs are rather humdrum — “don’t use Instagram to do anything illegal”, for example — some users may be shocked to know:
Officially you [the user] own any original pictures and videos you post, but we [Instagram] are allowed to use them, and we can let others use them as well, anywhere around the world. Other people might pay us to use them and we will not pay you for that.
Similarly, Instagrammers should be aware the image-sharing site “may keep, use and share” personal information with companies connected to the site. This doesn’t just include your name and pictures, but also your email address, school, address, phone number, your friends and who you are chatting via DM.
You can read Afia’s full guidance on page 10 here:
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