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Teens have figured out how to mess with Instagram’s tracking algorithm

Teenagers are using group accounts to flood Instagram with random user data that can’t be tied to a single person. If you wanted to confuse Instagram, here’s how.

First, make multiple accounts. You might have an Instagram account dedicated to you and friends, or another just for your hobby. Give access to one of these low-risk accounts to someone you trust.

Then request a password reset, and send the link to that trusted friend who’ll log on from a different device. Password resets don’t end Instagram sessions, so both you and the second person will be able to access the same account at the same time.

Finally, by having someone else post the photo, Instagram grabs metadata from a new, fresh device. Repeat this process with a network of, say, 20 users in 20 different locations with 20 different devices? Now you’re giving Instagram quite the confusing cocktail of data.

Source: Teens have figured out how to mess with Instagram’s tracking algorithm – CNET

Facebook is building more secure Instagram messaging app 

Facebook is launching Threads, a new camera-first messaging app from Instagram for keeping up with your close friends in a dedicated space.

Facebook claims it is built with privacy in mind, so that you can feel comfortable using the app to communicate with your close friends.

Read more: Privacy Matters: Threads | Facebook Newsroom

Irish Data Protection Commission looking at Instagram data scraping

The Irish Data Protection Commission, a key EU data regulator, wants to know whether EU subjects were affected by the Instagram data scraping.

Marketing firm Hyp3r has been scraping millions of users’ public data from the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app — tracking people’s locations, saving their Stories posts (which are supposed to disappear after 24 hours), and gathering other information about them.

Source: Irish Data Protection Commission looking at Instagram, hyp3r data scraping – Business Insider

Instagram data privacy enabled location tracking of millions of users

Instagram allowed a trusted advertising partner to harvest huge swathes of user data to create detailed files on account holders’ physical locations and personal bios, news reports reveal.

The information was put together by Hyp3r, in contradiction of Instagram rules and without the popular photo-imagery app’s knowledge. This week, Facebook-owned Instagram instructed Hyp3r to stop the practice, confirming that it was in violation of data privacy rules.

Source: Instagram data privacy enabled location tracking of millions of users – PrivSec Report

German Regulator Says Facebook Can’t Use Data From Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook “was able to build a unique database for each individual user and thus to gain market power,” says Andreas Mundt of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office.

Germany’s antitrust agency is hitting Facebook with “far-reaching restrictions” on the social media network’s practice of merging its users’ data that was gleaned from WhatsApp, Instagram and millions of third-party websites and apps. The decision can be appealed; if it stands, it would force Facebook to add more ways for its users to protect their privacy.

Source: German Regulator Says Facebook Can’t Use Data From Instagram, WhatsApp : NPR

Instagram GDPR Tool Exposes Subscriber Passwords

A warning has been issued by Instagram that a number of users of the social media platform have had their password details exposed by a security leak.

Ironically, this breach occurred due to a flaw in the ‘Download Your Data’ tool that Instagram added to the platform to allow users to download a copy of their own data. Instagram sent these users their passwords in plain text. This feature was implemented in April in order to ensure compliance with the European Union General Data Protection legislation which became enforceable on May 25 this year. The tool was developed due to privacy concerns in the aftermath of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Full article: Instagram GDPR Tool Exposes Subscriber Passwords – Compliance Junction

noyb.eu filed complaints against Google, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook

One the first day of GDPR noyb.eu has filed four complaints against Google (Android), Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram over “forced consent”.

Very similar complaints were field with four authorities, to enable European coordination. In addition to the four authorities at the residence of the users, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner will probably get involved in the cases too, as the headquarter of the relevant companies is in Ireland in three cases.

Source: noyb.eu – My Privacy is none of your Business

Instagram to let users download everything they have ever shared

Instagram has confirmed it will let users download their personal data, including previously shared photos, videos and messages, as it prepares for the European data regulation GDPR.

While its parent company, Facebook, had announced a suite of GDPR controls, which Mark Zuckerberg emphasised during his testimony to Congress this week, Instagram had been quiet on the issue.

Source: Instagram to let users download everything they have ever shared | Technology | The Guardian