Reviewed October 8th, 2020
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Instagram is a social media platform that allows you to share photos and videos with friends. The platform is laid out in a similar manner to Facebook, but it is targeted more towards young people. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

Breach History

Has there ever been a breach or data leak?


Date of last breach

August 2020

A database breach had exposed hundreds of millions of profiles on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and more. This breach contained personal information such as names, contact information, phone numbers, and more. Around 96 million account records were reportedly stolen from Instagram.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?


Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?


Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?


Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?


Does it have parental controls?


Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?


Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?


Does it require you to create a strong password?


Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?


Does it have a privacy policy?


How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?


Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?


Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?


Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?


Does it require a phone number to use?


Does it require an address (home or office) to use?


Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?


Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?


Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?


Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?


What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Facebook has not been known to handle its users' personal data well. In 2019, Facebook hired contractors to transcribe audio messages users sent through Messenger and Facebook, which is a huge invasion of privacy. They can also use metadata tucked inside the app to target you with ads that you otherwise would never know about. Be warned of these risks before using this platform.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Facebook is known for collecting a lot of information on its users, such as name, email, location, information about your contacts, and using it to target users with ads. Facebook can also share information with a large number of third parties including advertisers, law enforcement, vendors, academic researchers, and analytic services.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Cool platform to share photos and videos with friends.
  • Popular social networking tool among young people.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Serious privacy concerns.
  • App automatically geotags your location in posts by default, which is a privacy concern for some.
  • Photos and videos cannot be separated in feed.

Final Thoughts

Facebook is notoriously bad when it comes to protecting user privacy. They have been the target of several hacks, and have been known to sell user information to third parties, such as Cambridge Analytica. Use Instagram with extreme caution.

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