CNET – On January 16, the photos you upload to Instagram can be used for third-party advertising. This change in Instagram’s policy means that the photos you take of your kids, pets, family, or anything else, can be sold without even notifying you. If you decide to wait until after January 16 to close your Instagram account, your photos could still be used or sold.
Not really feeling the change? You’re not alone. Many users are wondering what they can do with their Instagram account — whether they can download all of their photos and preserve their privacy, or if they are stuck giving Facebook free advertising material.
On the bright side, you can download all of your Instagram photos, and it’s not a difficult process. Back in April, Jason Parker discussed using Instaport, a Web app that can grab all of your photos for download or relocation to another cloud service. You’ll have to authorize Instaport to use your account, and then you can decide what to do with your photos. You may experience a bit of wait time when trying to use Instaport these days. It’s even added a text banner on its page notifying users about heavy traffic.