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Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Instagram will soon let users download a copy of their data

Instagram will soon let users download a copy of their data

According to a spokesperson for the social media network, Instagram is "building a new data portability tool". This regulation makes it mandatory for tech companies to make user information portable.

GDPR comes into effect on 25 May, which means the coming month will probably include a flurry of announcements similar to Instagram's. You could also add the image to your story if you like.

However, eight years after its launch, anything a user posts to Instagram is trapped on Instagram. Whether the images will be compressed in a lower resolution or the same as they were first published. Meanwhile, Facebook had introduced this functionality in 2010.

What is the data portability tool all about? During the process, Zuckerberg accepted his mistakes and that Facebook's mission is to "help people connect".

And while there doesn't seem to be a movement to #DeleteInstagram, an increasing number of social media users everywhere are probing their rights to their personal data and their control or documentation of it.

With the recent announcement, it is still not clear if Instagram's export tool will also let users download a copy of their follower lists, likes, comments, stories, captions. "But at a high level, it allows you to download and export what you have shared on Instagram". Instagram says those with an iPhone SE and above can use the feature and so can users of certain unlisted Android devices. This would greatly reduce the risks associated with trusting third-party app developers with an individual's Instagram credentials. Therefore, the coming of data portability on Instagram will also seek to resolve this issue.

Have you thought about deleting Instagram after Facebook's privacy screw-up?

Sadly, it's just a report and it is still in its testing environment so it is still unclear when this new tool will be added to the platform.

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