California Law Firm Sues Instagram Over Changes


| December 26, 2012 - 6:40 pm

A Southern California-based law firm, Finkelstein and Krinsk, has filed a class action lawsuit against Instagram for its recent privacy changes.

“Instagram is taking its customers property rights while insulating itself from all liability,” the law firm said in the filing, which also demanded that the service pay its legal fees. “In short, Instagram declares that ‘possession is nine tenths of the law and if you don’t like it, you can’t stop us.'”

Instagram users in the state of California can join in on the this suit.

Yahoo News Reports:

A lawsuit is seeking to stop Instagram from changing its terms of service, saying the Facebook-owned smartphone photo-sharing service is breaching its contract with users.

The class action lawsuit filed Friday by the Southern California-based Finkelstein and Krinsk law firm called on the federal court to bar Instagram from changing its rules.

Facebook said the complaint was “without merit.” “We will fight it vigorously,” the social network added.

Changes to the Instagram privacy policy and terms of service had included wording that allowed for people’s pictures to be used by advertisers at Instagram or Facebook worldwide, royalty-free.