Apple will now let US users to download all of their data from the company. Starting Wednesday, the iPhone maker is bringing the capability to download your data first implemented for European users as part of GDPR implementation in May. The option to download your data is accessible from the updated Data and Privacy page on Apple’s website.
The data available for download will include all the information syncing from your device including iCloud bookmarks, iTunes purchases and information pertaining to Apple Care support history collected by its retail stores. Before downloading or receiving their data, Apple users will have to authenticate by signing in with their Apple ID. The ability to download your data comes as part of the launch of a revamped privacy page, which is designed to emphasize Apple’s data-retention policies and differential privacy efforts.
The new privacy page encourages Apple users to turn on two-factor authentication and gives then an option to opt out of targeted ads and notifications from the company. The differential privacy practice is an interesting addition since its has been weaved into Apple’s iOS 12 operating system that is already powering 50 percent of active devices.
The differential privacy collects minimal user data and is mostly restricted to on-device collection for features like Memoji characters and classification of app usage inside the new application called Screen Time. When you request for your information, Apple will most likely send spreadsheets that reveal your purchase history and other information but it won’t be extensive since most data is stored on your device.
Here is how to get your data from Apple’s privacy page
Step 1: Visit Apple’s privacy portal (privacy.apple.com) and once there, log in with your Apple ID and password. If you have two-factor authentication enabled then enter your code if you have set it up.
Step 2: Request a copy of your data by clicking on “Obtain a copy of your data” and select the type of data that your would like to download. The most logical thing to do would be to hit “select all” at the top and download all the information that Apple has on you. You also get the option to split this download into smaller portions.
Step 3: Apple will now verify that you are the account holder and it might ask you for additional information. Once the download is available for download, Apple will send a notification that your data is available for download and US users will have two weeks to download the .zip file. Since this feature is being rolled out, there is a possibility that it may take some time to become available for all users.