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Apple to Launch Revamped Apple ID Website That Lets Users Download All Their Data

Apple will soon introduce an updated website for managing Apple IDs, which will allow Apple users to download a copy of all of their data stored by the company, reports Bloomberg.

Customers will be able to download data like their Contacts, photos, music preferences, Calendar information, and more. The site will essentially let users download all information stored across Apple's apps and services.


Apple also plans to allow customers to use the site to correct personal information, disable their Apple ID account, and permanently delete an Apple ID.

At the current time, there is no way for users to download their data or delete their accounts without directly contacting Apple.

Apple is making the change to comply with the European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation, which goes into effect on May 25.

Apple plans to release the new web-based privacy tools in Europe in early May, with an expansion to come to other countries at a later date.

The iOS 11.3 update, released this morning, also has privacy improvements in the form of new privacy splash screens that are displayed within each of Apple's apps when you open them for the first time to explain what data Apple collects and why.


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7 months ago
Wow- if this gets hacked, we're all doomed.
Rating: 30 Votes
7 months ago
I love this.
Rating: 21 Votes
7 months ago

Only Apple can do this. ;)

Seriously though, You think any of the others are going to be doing this anytime soon?

Apple have to do this. So does every other company that trades in the EU. It is called GDPR. And it’s coming in May.

Credit goes to the EU not to Apple.
Rating: 20 Votes
7 months ago
Thanks Facebook lol
Rating: 14 Votes
7 months ago

Only Apple can do this. ;)

Seriously though, You think any of the others are going to be doing this anytime soon?

Google have had this for years. A single page where you can download everything they hold on you

https://takeout.google.com/

Other major sites either have the same thing or will have to develop it in response to the GDPR rules
Rating: 11 Votes
7 months ago
2FA, people. It's now more important than ever.
Rating: 10 Votes
7 months ago
Download... OK. That's a start.

What I really want is an interface that lets me DELETE data from iCloud.

Long ago I accidentally let my keychain sync up to Apple. There is no mechanism to affirmatively delete that data. Apple says something along the lines of when configure all your existing devices to not sync keychain, they will automatically delete the data, and yet that's not provable via their interface.
Rating: 9 Votes
7 months ago

Only Apple can do this. ;)

Seriously though, You think any of the others are going to be doing this anytime soon?

Google has had this for years, about time Apple caught up. Maybe this will make it easier to escape the walled garden...
Rating: 7 Votes
7 months ago

Thanks Facebook lol

Yeah, Facebook’s massive data harvesting has opened the eyes of a lot of people who were previously “asleep” or just blissfully ignorant. Companies like Apple are just being proactive now ahead of any legislation that may curtail their operations and more importantly their profits. Not that Apple is in the same boat as FB and Google when it comes to u$ing/abu$ing your data, but Apple is still a participant, willing or unwilling when it comes to their devices being used to harvest the data. Users share the blame as well, but some of us expected (foolishly) that companies like FB would adhere more to their clearly stated privacy policies and guard our data more rigorously. Shame on us.
Rating: 6 Votes
7 months ago

Wow- if this gets hacked, we're all doomed.

this x3000
Rating: 6 Votes

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