Apple Launches New Data and Privacy Website

Apple has launched a new Data & Privacy website that includes an option for Apple users to download all the data associated with their Apple ID account that the company keeps on its servers.

The data download that users are able to request includes purchase and app usage history, calendars, reminders, photos, and documents stored in iCloud, Apple Music and Game Center statistics, marketing history, and AppleCare support history.

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The data download option arrives before the GDPR deadline and is currently limited to Apple accounts registered in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, but Apple says it will roll out the service worldwide "in the coming months".

We've compiled a separate how-to outlining the steps involved in requesting the data. If you live in a country or region that's not listed above, you can still contact Apple to request a copy of your data.

The new Data & Privacy site also includes links that customers can use to update their account details, temporarily deactivate their account, or delete it permanently.

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Top Rated Comments

zoomp Avatar
79 months ago
Happy to have Europe leading the world for a change.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ersan191 Avatar
79 months ago
I've been reading some articles about the data dumps you can get recently. Just in terms of sheer volume, Apple had about 9MB of data on the person, Google had 243MB, and Facebook had 881MB. I've also seen articles from heavy Android and Chrome users where Google has over 9GB of data on them.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/05/04/asked-apple-everything-had-me-heres-what-got/558362002/
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/28/all-the-data-facebook-google-has-on-you-privacy

The amount of stuff Google logs is incredibly creepy.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
martyjmclean Avatar
79 months ago
Everyone should be moving away from that corrupt cabal. They are directly tied in with the globalist elite and have zero of your best interests in mind. You'll find out later why Tim Cook has been meeting with the President more than 'usual' for someone of his stature. He's being warned.
Take off your Alfoil hat.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zantafio Avatar
79 months ago
Thank God the European Union is a much bigger market than the USA and now we all benefit from their consumers friendly laws because we all know the US Congress would have never come up with something like the GDPR, not even close.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DNichter Avatar
79 months ago
Good. I know no company is perfect when it comes to privacy protections, not even Apple, but I am glad to see them working to make this stuff clearer and more transparent to its users. Compared to Google, who's sole purpose for existing is data mining and advertising, I feel much more comfortable with my data in the hands of Apple. Hopefully they continue on this path.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MLVC Avatar
79 months ago
Considering Apple's file size options, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Apple logs a ton of data too. As with everything, YMMV based on length of time and amount of use.
That could be if you include photos, files and mail
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)