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Privacy policies are meant to be disclosed by the sites or apps to make their users aware of how they are going to use the information they receive. We all use social media platforms to feel connected with the world. Recent data breaches have questioned the privacy policies of apps/sites. Instagram is one of the significant social media intermediaries which have more than 21 crore users in India and they are increasing day by day. So, the question is what the privacy policy of Instagram states?    What data does Instagram collect? The automated system of Instagram collects all the information: 1.  Metadata What we see through their features i.e. Camera- Instagram uses that for suggesting the filters etc., Location of photo, dates. Though the political and religious views could be subject to the legislature of specific countries. The network and connection you use, and if you permitted to sync the contact Instagram can access your address book or call log or SMS log history and accordin
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