Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

You Can Now Download All of Your Data Stored by Apple

You Can Now Download All of Your Data Stored by Apple

But it's nice to know that the data it does keep is there for you to see.

The revamped portal lets users easily see all of the data that Apple has collected on them (which isn't much compared to other technology firms).

The portal itself isn't actually new and has been available to users in Europe ever since GDPR came into force.

This portal allowed European users to request a copy of all data associated with their Apple ID.

In May, when Apple first launched the online privacy portal, it only allowed U.S. users to either correct their data or delete their Apple accounts. Then scroll down to Data and Privacy and select "Manage your data".

This will provide an archive with extensive information on users, such as app usage and activity information, documents, photos and videos as well as contacts, calendars and bookmarks. Other companies make it frustratingly hard or near impossible to figure out how much information they collect, let alone how that data will be managed if your account is deleted.

You can also request iCloud Drive files, iCloud Mail, and iCloud Photos, but these could take a while to download due to their size. The information typically includes full name, email address, street address, phone number and purchases.

United States users got that ability on Wednesday, along with customers in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

For most users, this will be a lot of data, so Apple gives you the option to divide it into 1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, or 25GB files.

Microsoft says the privacy rules it's introduced to meet the EU's new GDPR law will apply to users globally.

While data breaches are a fact of life having control of what data about us is stored is a positive step.

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.

WWDC 2018: Apple needs to show consumers what it's doing to ensure that 2018 won't be like 1984.

Users can also correct any incorrect personal information stored by Apple, temporarily deactivate an Apple account and restrict access to its data, or delete an account and all associated data entirely.

Apple CEO Tim Cook called on Congress to create tougher measures protecting people's data and privacy.

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