Privacy concerns after Instagram’s acquisition by Facebook

It’s the big tech headline of the week: Facebook has announced it is buying the popular photo-sharing app Instagram for a cool billion dollars.

But should Instagram’s 30 million users – who are reportedly uploading five million new photos to the service each day – have worries about the acquisition?

Certainly if you looked on Twitter when the news of the deal was announced earlier this week, you would have got the feeling that many Instagram users were less than enamoured by the deal.

It’s understandable that some people might feel some trepidation when their favourite online service gets gobbled up by a much larger player – even if Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been keen to stress that they don’t want to upset Instagram’s loyal fanbase.

One issue that some Instagram users have raised is privacy, and how their uploaded pictures…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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