The second in our Protect your Privacy series, guides to help you protect your privacy and personal data, we look at how you can stop Instagram from taking your personal photos and data.
We all know Facebook owns Instagram (well, we hope you do!). Facebook has been the subject of a lot of criticism due to the Cambridge Analytica revelation and subsequently the Android call scraping situation. Many organisations including Facebook are able spread their data sucking tentacles into our personal devices. This can allow them to access a person’s microphone, location, camera and even their personal photos. If you want to make sure your personal photos are not being taken by data miners read this guide…
*This guide is for iPhones and iPads, we’ll be doing similar posts for Android devices very soon.
Things you can do to prevent Instagram taking your data 💪
We recommend a few things you can do to limit how much data Instagram is taking from you…
Disable location tagging on all of the photos you take 📍
You can remove any geotagging entirely from all pictures that you take by disabling geotagging in the built-in camera app on your iPhone. This will remove all of the location-based metadata completely.
Disable Location Tracking on Instagram 🌍
If you don’t want Instagram to broadcast where ever you are when you’re posting photos (and sharing that location information with data collection agencies), you can keep your location private.
You can do this by turning off off your location services in your settings.
- Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
- Tap Privacy.
- Tap Location Services.
- Scroll down through your apps, tap Instagram, tap Never to turn them off.
How to stop Instagram from accessing your Photo library 📸
- Launch Settings from your iPhone or iPad
- Tap on Instagram in the Apps section.
- Tap Photos.
- Tap Never.
This will revoke Instagram’s access to your entire photo library.
If you want to control what photos you want to post to Instagram just get pictures individually from your Photos app using the Share icon in the App Extensions feature in Instagram.
- Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Select a photo.
- Tap the Share button.
- Select Instagram.
- Enter a caption.
- Tap Share in the upper right corner.
Limit Ad Tracking to give organisations a tougher time creating profiles about you 👤
You’ve revoked Instagram’s access to your photo library and removed location based data from your photos.
We recommend putting restrictions on how third-party apps can build an advertising profile about you. It’s called “Limit Ad Tracking” and it will block some advertisers from being able to track you (not all!). We’ll be doing a post soon on how to turn on Limit Ad Tracking on iPhone and iPad.
We hope you found this guide useful, check out our blog for other ways to protect yourself and your personal data.
Worried if an organisation holds your personal data? We have a free app to discover what organisations hold your data, learn more. *Oh, and of course we don’t collect or hold your personal data, learn more.