Instagram, or should we say Facebook, is out with a new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service agreement that all users must follow beginning Jan. 16, 2013. The Huffington Post was the first to dig through this. We warn you: there is absolutely nothing to love here.

Instagram can now make money on your photos

We already know that Instagram ads are coming. What you probably didn’t know is that your photos could popup in a future campaign.

Note: highlights are mine.

Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. 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.

What ads?

Not only are ads arriving soon on Instagram, but sometimes they won’t be marked as such.

You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.

Again, Instagram can use your photos

Given the first point, this shouldn’t be surprising. Facebook isn’t claiming that they own our photos, just that they can use them to make money. Nice, huh?

Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service, except that you can control who can view certain of your Content and activities on the Service as described in the Service’s Privacy Policy, available here: http://instagram.com/legal/privacy/.

But you must still post responsibly

Okay, so nude photos are now okay?

You agree that Instagram is not responsible for, and does not endorse, Content posted within the Service. Instagram does not have any obligation to prescreen, monitor, edit, or remove any Content. If your Content violates these Terms of Use, you may bear legal responsibility for that Content.

Facebook won’t even backup your photos

So after Instagram uses our photos to make money, they can also lose them and not be held responsible? Facebook lawyers, aren’t they great?

Instagram is not a backup service and you agree that you will not rely on the Service for the purposes of Content backup or storage. Instagram will not be liable to you for any modification, suspension, or discontinuation of the Services, or the loss of any Content.

If you really want to read this gibberish in its entirety, click here. Otherwise, check out our Instagram alternatives.

Via: The Huffington Post