In compliance with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation legislation, social media company Instagram will now allow you to download all your data. By using the “Data Download” tool, you can review the information Instagram has collected on you.
Afterwards, you can go to the “Privacy and security” section and enter your email. In at most 2 days, you will receive all your Instagram information. While you can’t request to download your Instagram data via Android or iOS yet, the feature is currently in the works.
This process is similar to Facebook’s; however, there’s not as much data to sift through. Instagram will only be sending the info it collected starting from December 2017. Among those items, photos, videos, archived stories, and uploaded contacts are likely the most important pieces of data collection. That said, you’ll also be able to view your comments, likes, searches, account settings, as well as the usernames of everyone you follow or follows you.
As mentioned above, this move is not a reaction to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but rather as a measure to comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation which comes into effect on May 25. Under that regulation, upon request, every online company has to provide you with all the data they collected on you.
It even allows you a “right to be forgotten,” which forces the company to delete all your personal information.