A POPULAR photo-sharing website owned by Facebook has told users it now owns the rights to their pictures.
Instagram will not give any warning or payment before cashing in on the images posted on its site. It means pictures by children as young as 13 could be sold to advertisers.
People whose photos have been taken by Instagram users risk finding their image published without their knowledge.
The new policy will operate from the middle of January under changes to terms and conditions announced yesterday.
Instagram's 30million global users cannot opt out and must close their accounts to maintain control over their images. The change does not affect users of Facebook, which bought Instagram for £616million ($F1.77trillion) in April.
The new terms make clear that users effectively hand over the rights to their pictures and personal information in exchange for 'free' access to Instagram.
Instagram launched in 2010 and allows users to share on Twitter and Facebook images they have taken with digital devices including iPhones.
The app configures photos to produce a square shape similar to the Polaroid images of the 1970s.
There are 11 filters that can produce a 'retro' look.