unless you are an attorney or a privacy advocate, you probably do what most people do and quickly scroll through terms of service agreements and privacy policies ignoring the fine print to get registered for a new account. 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.” social media giants not only have a license to use content that you post, but they are also constantly collecting data on you that you may not realize you are sharing. it can also collect information such as the name of your mobile provider, internet service provider and your language and time zone, according to its data policy.
so for example, if you visit a website that has the “like” button implemented on it or a site that uses facebook’s advertising service, the social media company collects data about your visit to that site. according to facebook’s website, it could take 90 days to delete all of the things a user has posted, including pictures, status updates and other data stored in its backup system. so for example, your profile and images could no longer be viewed from your page, but if someone reposted a picture that you originally published, it would still exist on the platform. for example, if you post a picture to your profile and have privacy settings set to only share with your friends, there’s still the chance that a friend could always take that post and share it elsewhere. “even though you are aware you are granting certain rights to facebook, twitter or pinterest or vine or whoever, you may not necessarily [be] granting those rights downstream to the other users of the site,” frazer said.
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