25 May 2018

Apple is going to allow all of its users to download their data which the company have collected about them so far.

On Wednesday, Apple launched a new Data and Privacy website that permits you to download every details which the company knows about you, including the user’s Apple ID info, device info, App Store activity, AppleCare history, their online shopping habits and every data that is stored in its iCloud.

Facebook has recently provided a similar feature that enables its users to download all of their data, not only what they have posted, but also information like facial recognition and location data, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

At present this feature is made available only for people having accounts in European Union (along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) act, which comes into effect on May 25. But Apple is planning to bring up this feature worldwide in the coming months.

The new GDPR act was passed with an aim to completely transform the way companies handle its users’ personal data, giving users more control over their data. This act applies to all companies that collect the data of EU people, regardless of where they are based.

The GDPR will replace the British Data Protection Act 1998 with effect from 25 May 2018.

The government has also warned businesses that if they fail to make changes in their policies before Friday, they could face fines of up to £17 Million (more than $22 Million), or 4% of their global turnover—whichever amount is higher.

Steps on How to Download Your Data:

You can download all your data from privacy portal.

  • Log in to privacy.apple.com on your Mac, PC, or iPad.
  • Select the Get started link under the “Obtain a copy of your data” heading in Manage your data.
  • You can press ‘Select All’ to download everything or select only the boxes of the data categories which you want to download. iCloud data are provided into a separate list as this data may be large and can take a long time to download.
  • Apple splits up the data into chunks, which ranges from 1 GB up to a maximum of 25 GB, letting you select your preferred maximum file size. Select a size and hit ‘Continue.’

As the download is in progress, and Apple will send you an email when the files are available to download, which can take up to a week. Your downloaded data is then automatically deleted after 2 weeks.

List of Data that You can Download:

  • App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store and Apple Music activity
  • Apple ID account and device information
  • Apple Online Store and Retail Store activity
  • AppleCare support history, repair requests and more
  • Game Center activity
  • iCloud Bookmarks and Reading List
  • iCloud Calendars and Reminders
  • iCloud Contacts
  • iCloud Notes
  • Maps Report an Issue
  • Marketing subscriptions, downloads, and other activity
  • Other data
  • iCloud Drive files and documents
  • iCloud Mail
  • iCloud Photos

Besides data download feature, Apple is also providing an option to permanently delete all of your data and this feature is available globally. Once you initiate the data delete option, the company can take up to 7 days to approve the request. Keep in mind that once deleted, there is no way to retrieve your data.

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