Facebook has always been at the center of conversations when it comes to personal data, but, recently, the company found itself in a lot of hot water with how it handles that data.
So, as a result, Facebook is trying to change the outlook on the company. One way to do that is to give access to the data that it collects on a regular basis to the users it is collecting from. And that doesn’t just include from Facebook itself, but also the apps and services that Facebook owns — like Instagram.
TechCrunch is reporting that Instagram has officially launched its own “Data Download” tool. You can access the new tool in a couple of different ways. The first way is through this link — but it appears to be going down for some visitors, so be sure to keep an eye on it if it isn’t working for you. The other method is to go into the Privacy settings within the Instagram app directly.
The tool will let Instagram users download a variety of data, including their photos, videos, profile information, archived Stories, and any non-ephemeral messages that they have access to. Of course, depending on how often you use Instagram, all of this might take hours, if not days, to fully download.
“An Instagram spokesperson now confirms to TechCrunch that “the Data Download tool is currently accessible to everyone on the web, but access via iOS and Android is still rolling out.” We’ll have more details on exactly what’s inside once my download is ready.”
As noted above, access through the Instagram app on iOS (and Android) is rolling out.
These types of tools should have been available right out of the gate, but it’s good to see that political and public pressure has finally made them a real option for users.