Apple's New Data & Privacy Portal Lets You Download Your Data

Alonzo Simpson
October 19, 2018

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.

Apple's Data and Privacy portal has expanded to the United States for the first time, while also allowing customers in Canada, Australia and New Zealand to gain access as well.

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).

Canadians can visit Apple's privacy portal here, sign in with their Apple ID and click on "Get Started" under the section "Get a copy of your data".

Could Facebook's data debacle force more companies to act like Apple on privacy? This data includes app usage history, account details and sign-in records, calendars, photos and documents stored in iCloud, and data associated with Apple Music and Game Center.

On Wednesday, Apple doubled down on its pro-privacy corporate stance with updated information on its website.

Contrast that with the experience of TechCrunch's Zack Whittaker: when he asked for his data, Apple only had a few megabytes worth of spreadsheets, including his order and purchase histories, plus marketing information.

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You can take a look at Apple's privacy page here. Once you're logged into Facebook, go to Settings and click or tap on "Your Facebook information" on the left side and choose the "Download your info action option". It can take up to seven days to receive it, according to Apple.

The launch of the privacy portal comes as Apple introduced other updates to its Privacy Page.

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

These changes coincide with the release of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, which both include new privacy and security tools.

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

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.

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