Tech & Science Instagram to allow users to download their data

05:27  12 april  2018
05:27  12 april  2018 Source:   Reuters

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PRIVACY update will allow users to download the personal data they share with friends on the popular social network. FACEBOOK has announced a privacy update that will allow users to keep copies of their own personal data . Instagram contains information about users ’ image locations

The Instagram app doesn’t allow users to download photos — even their own. Instagram ’s parent company Facebook is facing backlash for user data that was sold to a company for social media campaigns.

a screenshot of a video game: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Instagram logo in this picture illustration© REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Instagram logo in this picture illustration Facebook Inc's Instagram will soon allow its users to download a copy of all the content they have uploaded on the photo-sharing platform, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

The disclosure comes amid global concerns about the privacy of users' information on social media platforms and the amount of user data that companies keep.

While Facebook has allowed its users to download their photos, messages, clicked advertisements and a log of all their activity on the social networking platform since at least 2010, Instagram has lacked any such feature.

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The latest WhatsApp beta will allow users to download the information that the popular app has collected and stored about them. Users have the right to be forgotten, and can demand their data is deleted under certain circumstances.

Until now there hasn’t been a way to download info off of Facebook, but at today’s Facebook event in Palo Alto, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a feature that allows users to port their data from Facebook in a .zip file

"We are building a new data portability tool," an Instagram spokesman said via email. The tool will allow users to download data including their photos, videos and messages, he added.

If the tool is launched before May 25, it will help Instagram comply with upcoming European privacy laws that require data portability, technology news website TechCrunch, which first reported the news on Wednesday, said.

Instagram, which has some 800 million users worldwide, did not say when it expects to launch the tool.

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.

(Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar)

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