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Instagram wants to take good care of the information its users share, following the data privacy scandal that resulted in a major outcry. According to one of the provisions in UK's upcoming Data Protection Bill, companies should let its users migrate their data from one service to another. According to a report from TechCrunch, Instagram is building a new data portability tool that would enable users to download a copy of everything they ever shared on the platform including messages, pictures, and videos.
This tool will make it easier for users to move to another photo social sharing platforms. The tool is much like Facebook's Download Your Information tool, which has been promoted as a way to prevent data harvesting. While the new tool will comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it would also double as a locally-stored backup of the feeds.
The report also suggests that the details of how the Instagram data will arrive on your hard drive.
Apple is also to be working on its privacy tools with a new Apple ID tool that will allow users to download all their personal information. The tool will also give users the authority to delete the information that's stored on Apple's servers.
According to a report from Bloomberg, this tool is an attempt to put things in line with European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation that will come into effect starting May 25, where new privacy protection regulations for the internet users will be introduced.
Data privacy suddenly became the center of the entire buzz following the Cambridge Analytica revelations that involved collecting user data from Facebook with the consent of the users. Apple is trying to make the most of the situation by showcasing its work in this area.
Facebook has also announced that it will be shutting down its Partner Categories marketing product as the outcry over the recent data scandal swirls. The social media giant made the announcement in a post on the newsroom page, where it claims the move would "help improve people's privacy."
It will be interesting to see how other companies respond to the ongoing data privacy issues. It would be a great shift if major companies start allowing its users to fully access to their data stored on their servers.