Monday, 19 November, 2018

Apple just made all your data available to download

Apple Now Openly Tells US Users What Info It Has on Them How to download all the data Apple has on you
Cecil Davis | 19 October, 2018, 17:41

Prior to the tool launching, users could request their data by contacting Apple directly.

Apple said that its download tool includes "purchase or app usage history and the data you store with Apple, such as calendars, photos, or documents". But Apple's practice has been to keep much of that data on the devices themselves and encrypt it with the user's pass code, meaning that Apple does not possess the data and can not unscramble it if asked to do so by law enforcement officials.

Customers in Australia, Canada, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland can also access their Apple data.

After a user requests their data, they'll have to wait a few days for Apple to prepare the file. As well as your activity with Apple, you can download all your email, photos and documents stored on iCloud which, if you have upgraded your storage, could be a hefty pile of information.

Apple stores most of your data on your device, instead of on its servers, so it's likely that the report won't include that much information. If you have two-factor authentication turned on, Apple will send a six-digit code to your iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad, and you can use that to log in on the Privacy website.

The big picture: Apple believes that privacy is a "fundamental human right" and insists that it doesn't gather your personal information to sell to advertisers or other organizations.

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"Apple products are created to protect your privacy", reads the first page in big, bold text.

To request a copy of your data, sign into your Apple ID account page, scroll down to Data & Privacy and select "Manage your Data and Privacy".

If you choose to download your data, you'll be directed to a page that lets you check off what you would like downloaded.

The page also has links to request that Apple corrects your data, deactivates your account, and permanently deletes your account.

Similar to other data portability features, users are emailed a file with all the data in a compatible format so that it can be moved to a new cloud service if they wish.

Apple said it uses random identifiers and end-to-end encryption to protect user privacy, which means you won't be identified individually when you use Apple Maps, and Apple can't see the content of your iMessages.