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Due to an error, Instagram still kept photos that had been deleted by the user for a long time.

It is not unusual for a deleted photo on an online service to persist on the servers for several weeks, up to 90 days, without the user or others having direct access to it. But at Instagram, security researcher Saugat Pokharel was still able to request photos more than a year after removal.

Pokharel requested a copy of his photos and posts from Instagram last October, according to Techcrunch, and found that data he deleted more than a year ago was still in that data download.

He reported the problem to Instagram which has now recently fixed the error. The company admits it is a bug in the system that it has recently fixed. Pokharel also received a $ 6,000 reward for discovering the flaw.

It is not unusual for a deleted photo on an online service to persist on the servers for several weeks, up to 90 days, without the user or others having direct access to it. But at Instagram, security researcher Saugat Pokharel was able to request photos more than a year after deletion. Pokharel requested a copy of his photos and messages from Instagram in October last year, according to Techcrunch, and discovered that data he deleted more than a year ago was still kept in that data download, he reported the problem to Instagram which has now recently fixed the error. The company admits that it is a bug in the system that it recently fixed. Pokharel also received a $ 6,000 reward for discovering the flaw.

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