Creator of Instagram app that harvested user details: ‘It was not a good idea’

November 12, 2015


The creator of an Instagram-related app downloaded hundreds of thousands of times on iOS and Android devices has responded to criticism that it was harvesting user data and sending it to an undisclosed location by saying that it was a mistake.

The explanation posted online says that the problem arose due to an unpublished experimental feature that would allow users to unlock full access to the app in exchange for sharing a photo on Instagram that promoted InstaAgent. As it stands, the app lets you see the last three people to check out your Instagram profile, but you need to pay to unlock the full list.

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