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Instagram’s data download feature is now live on web

Instagram’s data download feature is live now. The development was first spotted by TechCrunch. However, the feature is currently available on the web, and according to TechCrunch report, it will be soon available for the app on Android as well as iOS platforms.

How it works: On web, go to the Privacy and Security in settings, and then click on the option ‘request data’ under the Data Download subhead. You will be asked to provide an e-mail address where you would want the photo-sharing platform to mail your data. After that, you will need to authenticate yourself with your Instagram password. Upon asking, Instagram said that it will mail the data in 48 hours. The data will include your photos, videos, texts and other information you have shared on Instagram.

The development comes ahead of European data privacy rules that go into effect 25 May. The European’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) imposes requirements on how user data is collected, and how user data must be deleted at the user’s request. GDPR also mandates data portability which in theory should allow a user to port all their data to another platform if they wish to do so. This policy had come in in the wake of Instagram’s parent Facebook data scandal.

Data download on other platforms

WhatsApp too has updated its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to comply with GDPR. In a blog post, WhatsApp announced that the Facebook-owned instant messaging app will allow users to download and see the limited data that it collects. This feature will be rolling out to all users around the world in the coming weeks on the newest version of the app, it added in the blog.

The data download feature is available on Facebook since 2010, using which users can export a zip file of all their status updates, photos, profile info, messages, friend lists and other information from the platform.

Snapchat allows data download already, on its support page it says that “when you sign up for Snapchat and use our services, we collect certain information from you, like your phone number and email address. We also collect information about you and how you’ve used our services, like which Snaps you’ve submitted to Our Story”. Snapchat users can go tp profile setting and can request for data download by providing the verified email address, and then the users will get a link to download all the data Snapchat collects.

Micro-blogging site Twitter too updated its privacy policy recently and said that it is giving users control through settings to limit the data Twitter collects and how it uses it, and to control things like account security, marketing preferences, apps that can access user’s account, and address book contacts. It added that “you can also always download the information you have shared on Twitter’.

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