Instagram will Provide People More Control over Their Third-Party Apps
Instagram is slowly rolling out a new feature that will help better protect your personal data. The feature will protect your data from being accessed by your long-discarded, third-party applications. These includes any app you had once authorized to access your Instagram profile over the years, websites you used for printing your Instagram photos, various dating apps or Instagram tools for making collages, finding your top photos and more. Instagram is quite late to offer such functionality as Twitter, Facebook and Google have had similar functionality in place for years.
The company says its new security features will take six months to reach all users, as it’s designed to be a gradual rollout. You can navigate to Settings –> Security –> Apps and Websites to see which third-party services have access to your data. From there, users can look at active and expired authorized apps, which may have had access to data like profile information, your username, account type, captions, and photos. To make the process clearer, Instagram is introducing a new authorization screen that lists what information apps are requesting and lets users cancel or give access.