Unless you’ve been living under a rock this entire time, you’ve probably heard and already been blasted with emails related to GDPR, the EU’s data privacy regulation. Companies must keep customers informed about how their data is processed and assure them that they will from now on do their best to protect it.
Apple is one of the companies trying to comply with GDPR that goes into effect tomorrow, May 25. The company has released the Data and Privacy portal where you have access to everything Apple knows and stores about you, including online history, Apple ID accounts, iCloud data, contacts, photos, documents, music and store history. Once they log in, users have clear instructions how to download their data.
Because they can download as much as 25GB, the download process may take as much as a week. If interested in the data, users are advised to hurry with the download because otherwise the data will be deleted from Apple’s database in two weeks. Since users will most likely download data they have willingly provided the company with, they shouldn’t be shocked by anything they find in the dataset.
For now, the download option is provided for accounts located in member states of the European Union, as these are directly targeted by the regulation, and the European countries outside the Union – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. In the future, Apple plans on making this feature available for all countries worldwide.