In the aftermath of Cambridge Analytica, Delete Facebook is doing rounds on the internet; there is an increase in awareness levels with users of these social networks seeking support to have better control on their data.
While Facebook houses a feature that lets a user download profile data from the platform and shut the account, Instagram traps a user’s data within the platform, leaving them at the mercy of Instagram’s policy decisions.
At this point in time, there is no official way to download your data from Instagram other than the third party tools, which again opens up security vulnerabilities, since a user will have to use unofficial tools to download their data from Instagram giving such apps unrestricted access.
Techcrunch’s Josh Constine, raised the concern of lack of data portability, and recently, a spokesperson of Instagram informed – “We are building a new data portability tool. You’ll soon be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos, and messages.”
If this feature gets rolled out before May 25th it will help Instagram to comply with upcoming European GDPR privacy law that requires data portability.
Though, no official comment has been made, users are keen on getting more clarity on the download feature. Whether a user can download photos, videos & messages in the manner they uploaded it or it will be compressed, or will one be allowed to download follower lists, likes, comments, captions and more?
The new feature will make third party apps like InstaPort obsolete as the core of the business lies in helping users download a copy of data on Instagram. It would be interesting to find what the effect of this feature has in store.
Separately on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered questions from U.S. lawmakers about data privacy in the wake of revelations last month that several millions of Facebook users’ personal data was wrongly harvested from the platform by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy.