Instagram Data Scraping by HYP3R Raises Privacy Concerns

Until recently, many of the social media privacy concerns that seem to swirl around Facebook on a regular basis never seemed to extend to Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. But all that could be changing as the result of a recent Instagram data scraping case that is attracting a lot of attention from privacy and security experts. A trusted Facebook marketing partner, HYP3R, had been scraping data from Instagram, storing it on its own servers, and then re-packaging all of that social media data for advertisers. The Instagram data scraping in question included physical locations, bio information, and photos – as well as some content (such as Instagram Stories) that were specifically intended to disappear after 24 hours.

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