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Published on : Apr 12, 2018

Instagram, the photo-sharing social media app, lacks data portability. Yes, it does not have something like Facebook’s Download Your Information. However, that may soon be history with the spokesperson of Instagram announcing a soon-to-be-launched data portability tool. It would enable users to share a copy of what they have posted on the app such as photos, messages, and videos.

Social media giant Facebook has enabled users to download their messages, photos, and clicked advertisements and a log of all their activities from 2010. However, Instagram so far has lacked a similar kind of functionality.

New Tool will help it Adhere to Europe’s Privacy Laws

If the photo-sharing app manages to launch in by May 25, it may allow it to adhere to the forthcoming privacy norms in Europe - General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - that stipulate data portability. The new privacy regulations will also mandate companies to remove data upon the request of the user.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook which is the owner of Instagram, affirmed in a testimony today to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Congress that his company will follow the rules laid down by GDPR both in Europe and in the U.S., even though it is not required in the latter. Zuckerberg was present there to answer questions posed by U.S. lawmakers pertaining to privacy of data against the backdrop of revelations the previous month about Facebook users’ data being tapped into by a consultancy called Cambridge Analytica.

Instagram hasn’t yet dropped any hint on when it would unveil the tool for its 800 million users across the globe.