After the Cambridge Analytica scandal most of the companies of the world have woken up immediately and changes in their privacy policies.

A couple of weeks ago, Tech Crunch was spotted that Instagram is working on a new tool to allow users download their data before they leave.Now, the company has officially launched its data portability tool.

“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.

Instagram’s new “Data Download” tool that allows users to export their photos, videos, archived Stories, profile, info, comments, and non-ephemeral messages.

How to download your Instagram account data

This “Data Download” tool is under the Privacy and Security option of the settings menu.

  • To download the data, first click here
  • login into Instagram account>go to settings>go to privacy and security>download data option>click on request download then submit your e-mail address.
  • The data of your account will be received to you mail address within 48 hours i.e Instagram to send the download link and wait until it arrives in a .zip file.

For the moment, the tool is currently accessible to everyone via a browser, but access via Android and iOS is still rolling out, according to TechCrunch

The download contains photos, videos, archived stories posted after December 2017, post and story captions, profile info, uploaded contacts, usernames of followers and people followed, direct messages (including non-ephemeral photos and videos), comments, likes, searches, and settings.

Instagram hasn’t done this big move with the goodness of its heart, it has done so to comply with Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law that will come into law on May 25th, 2018.Users will now be able to pack up and move to a competitor’s service if they’d like.

WhatsApp has also announced to roll out a data download tool as a part of its GDPR compliance. Users will be able to export their data including a profile photo and group names but not photos. Recently, it has also increased the minimum age to use its app from 13 to 16 age in Europe.


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