Privacy @ Instagram

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 11:30 am12:00 pm

Carrie Jiang, Software Engineer @ Instagram


Instagram is a social network that allows people to share the world's moments as they happen. It now has 800 million monthly and 500 million daily active users and continues to grow at a rapid speed. With this growth comes the responsibility of making Instagram a place where people feel comfortable sharing content and connect with other people because they feel in control of their information and trust us to look out for them.

This talk will cover how Instagram handles these privacy concerns while experiencing internal and external growth of users, engineers, and systems. It will focus on how Instagram treats privacy from the data layer via the Data Privacy Framework. This includes the design principles followed in creating this framework, strategies for deployment and adoption, and lessons learned along the way.

Carrie Jiang, Software Engineer @ Instagram

Carrie is a member of Instagram’s Core Services Infrastructure team where she focuses on providing intuitive, reliable and performant Interfaces and System Services to ship Instagram products at scale. In this capacity, she has most recently focused on Instagram’s Data Privacy framework and scaling it across the organization. Carrie’s background is in building scalable data and backend infrastructure, including stints as Placed, Microsoft, and IBM.

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@inproceedings {208131,
author = {Carrie Jiang},
title = {Privacy @ Instagram},
booktitle = {Enigma 2018 (Enigma 2018)},
year = {2018},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = jan

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