Some of us use social media a lot. We think that the content we put of ourselves has crucial information. It is true and we get worried when we see something like ‘Instagram will sell your information to third-parties’ and such.
Information Instagram Collects
Instagram collects the information that you give them directly such as your name, surname, password, e-mail address, phone number, etc. It also collects the content you share such as photos and comments.
If you use the ‘Find Your Friends’ feature, Instagram collects information from your contact list and third-party social media platforms such as Facebook. Of course, you accept this when you link your other social media accounts to Instagram as well.
To measure the traffic and tendency of uses, Instagram collects the analysis information. Instagram collects this analysis information with the information coming from the users in order not to expose anyone’s identity.
It also collects cookies and other technologies similar to that. Instagram can ask advertisers to air ads in your device.
They can collect log file information. Instagram collects this information when you visit a website or an app through Instagram.
Instagram collects device identifiers. When you log in with a mobile phone or a tablet, Instagram collects this information and stores it.
Another thing they collect is metadata. It is actually more user-related information. Metadata can show which content is made by whom and when. If you use hashtags or any other tags like ‘Location,’ other users can find your content more easily. If you have a Public Profile, your content with the Location can be seen by the map feature. You can change your Privacy Settings if you do not want to have a Public Profile.
How Instagram Uses Your Information
Instagram can use your information for such purposes:
- To help you after you log in.
- Keeping your information for enabling you to access Instagram whenever you visit.
- Show offline ads and content customized for you and other users.
- To analyze and develop the app.
- Bring new features and test them.
- To measure and analyze traffic, visitor numbers, and demographics.
- To resolve tech issues.
- Update your Instagram app on your mobile device.
Sharing Your Information
Instagram can share your user content and information with its associates such as the company group that Instagram is tied to and companies that get to be tied to this group. These associates will use this information to offer better services and personal experiences for users.
It can share your information with third-parties, however, Instagram removes the details that can relate the information to your ID.
If you have a Public Profile, the content you share can be reached by others and be used again. You can change the privacy features of your account.
If Instagram had saved the cache of your information or it was copied by other users and third-parties even if you remove it, they can still have access to your information.
Instagram can reach, store, and share your information for legal purposes to prevent any crime and fulfill legal requests.
How Your Information Is Stored
Instagram can store and process your information in the US or other countries that host the facilities of Instagram’s associates and service providers.
Instagram does not guarantee the protection of your information against reaching, exposing, and changing. It is also your responsibility to keep track of the privacy of your information and access the e-mails on your Instagram account.
Privacy of Children
Instagram does not allow people under the age of 13 to use the application and does not collect information from them intentionally. Instagram states that its content and services are not appropriate to children.
If Instagram learns that it collects information from someone under the age of 13 without the permission of their parents, it deletes the account.
Other Websites and Services
If you are using a third-party website and allowing access to your content on Instagram, it is under your responsibility.
There are many privacy adjustments you can do for your account. It is possible to change privacy settings for specific features. Read our How to Change Instagram Privacy Settings article to find out more.