New Instagram Security Policy Might Require You To Use Photo ID

New updates to Instagram’s security policy are causing problems for many users lately, particularly issues that require government-issued ID.

According to CNET, the same day Instagram enacted its revised terms or service, Yahoo Answers flooded with threads from users who believed they were hacked. Here’s the new policy notification below:


Our community has grown by many millions of people since we wrote our original Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. As we announced in December, we have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. These policies also now take into account the feedback we received from the Instagram Community. We’re emailing you to remind you that, as we announced last month, these updated policies will be in effect as of January 19th, 2013.

You can read our blog post that highlights some of the key updates. And remember, these updates don’t change the fact that you own your photos that you post on Instagram, and our privacy controls work just as they did before.

Thank you,
The Instagram Team

Under this policy, you’ll be required to go through account validation from your desktop if for any reason you’re locked out of your account. The desktop validation process requires the user to upload a photograph of a government-issued photo ID. Most users got February 1st as a date to send by.

A spokesperson for Facebook—which took ownership of Instagram last April—told TPM the government-issued ID checks were only being done “if we have reason to believe the person is potentially in violation of the Terms.”

Does social networking got to be that difficult? Let us know if you’re currently being affected by the new security changes.