Oh Boy! Pinterest acquires my favorite read-it-later app Instapaper

It was announced today that Pinterest has acquired one of my favorite read-it-later apps Instapaper. I have to say that doesn’t excite me. Actually just the opposite.

It seems that every time a great app gets bought by one of the big boys things end up changing and in most cases, not for the better. It may not be right away but give it a year.

One of the most important aspects, when choosing a read-it-later app, is data privacy. Instapaper’s Privacy Policy states:

We use the information you provide to operate Instapaper’s features. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to accomplish Instapaper’s functionality.

So Instapaper isn’t selling my data to advertisers or marketers. They make their money via paid premium subscriptions. Here in lies the problem going forward as stated in Instapaper’s Privacy Policy:

In the future, we may sell, buy, merge, or partner with other companies or businesses. In such transactions, user information may be among the transferred assets.

Now as we all know, Pinterest is a free service and it’s being paid for with user data.

You can check Pinterest’s Privacy Policy and you’ll see that it lets marketers access the data collected on its users.

See the possibility here? I hope this never happens.

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