Instagram allows users to download their data to maintain transparency

Instagram allows users to download their data to maintain transparency / Pixabay

Instagram has taken a page out of the Facebook book as it will now allow the users to download a copy of the profile of all the information they have shared.

The news comes after Instagram's parent company Facebook's Cambridge Analytica data scandal due to which Instagram earlier cut off the Application program interface (API) access for some developers and limited on how often others can use its API to collect data on Instagram users.

The move will further aid Instagram users to keep a track of how much of their data is on the platform and assist Facebook to comply with the forthcoming European data privacy rule, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

“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,” an Instagram spokesman told TechCrunch.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg recently outlined the company's latest moves to address public fears over the extent of data scraping.

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