Instagram Privacy Policy

Read our summary of Instagram's Privacy Policy.


  • Meta collects a wide range of personal data, including content you provide and information about your device.
  • They use cookies and similar technologies to track your activities across their services and third-party websites.
  • You have control over certain privacy settings, allowing you to manage your data and ad preferences.
  • Meta shares information with third parties for advertising, measurement, and analytics purposes.
  • Your information may be accessed and preserved for an extended period when required by law or for legitimate business purposes.
  • Meta uses data to improve user experience, develop new services, and ensure security.
  • They can use facial recognition technology if you have it turned on.
  • Meta allows you to download a copy of your data from their services.
  • Information about you can be used in research and analysis to operate and improve Meta products.
  • They may transfer your data internationally, including to countries with different data protection laws.
  • Meta's policy includes information on how to deactivate or delete your account.
  • They retain specific data even after account deletion for legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Meta provides information on how they respond to legal requests for data.
  • Meta's policy outlines how they work to protect user data from unauthorized access.
  • Data about you can be used to personalize content and make suggestions within Meta products.
  • The policy explains how to access, rectify, and restrict the processing of your data.
  • Meta may partner with third-party partners who collect information from their sites or apps.

Things to watch out for

  • Meta shares your data with advertisers and other third parties for various purposes.
  • Your data may be transferred internationally, potentially to countries with less stringent data protection laws.
  • Even after deletion of your account, Meta retains certain data for legal reasons.
  • Facial recognition features are used if you opt-in, which may concern privacy-focused users.

AI recommendations

When using Meta services, be mindful of the extensive data collection and sharing practices. Regularly review your privacy settings to ensure they align with your comfort level regarding data sharing and ad personalization. If you're concerned about facial recognition, make sure to disable this feature in your settings. Additionally, consider the implications of international data transfers, especially if you are in a region with strong data protection laws. It's also wise to periodically download and review the data Meta has collected on you to stay informed about what information is being stored and processed.


What kind of personal data does Meta collect about me?

Meta collects data you provide, such as content and messages, as well as data about your device, location, and usage of their services.

Can I control how Meta uses my data for advertising?

Yes, you have control over ad preferences and can manage your privacy settings to limit ad personalization.

What happens to my data if I delete my Meta account?

Meta retains certain information even after you delete your account due to legal reasons, but you can download your information before deleting your account.

(Last updated: 16th December, 2023)

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