Instagram will soon let users download a copy of their data

Photo by James Bareham / The Verge

Instagram is building its own data portability tool which will allow users to download a copy of everything they’ve ever shared on the platform, similar to how Facebook’s download your information tool works. The platform confirmed the news to TechCrunch.

The tool could help Instagram users monitor how much of their data is on the platform. It will also help Facebook, which owns Instagram, comply with the forthcoming European data privacy rule, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will require all data to be portable. The rule will also require companies to delete data upon user request. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed in testimony today to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Congress that the company would comply with GDPR in Europe and in the US, where it’s not yet required.

Instagram said in a comment to The Verge: “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.”


About time…as much as I like Instagram, it’s so insistent on being a walled garden. When they stopped Twitter from rendering photos without a click through was such a silly protectionist move. And all for what? Just to keep bugging people to join their platform when all they wanted to do was just view one post.

Okay now if we could get the timeline feed to be chronological….

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