Apple To Allow All Users To Download Their Collected Data

Doris Richards
May 26, 2018

As the General Data Protection Regulation rolls out on Friday in the European Union countries, Apple has launched a privacy portal using which its customers can download all data which the tech giant has stored about them.

To help the user manage such large amounts of downloaded data, Apple also throws in the ability to select a preferred maximum file size.

It'll take about a week to get all the data together, though, before you can see it, which gives you an insight into just how much data is collected by Apple. Retrieved data will be posted to your Apple ID account page, and you will be notified of the same.

The feature is now restricted only to users in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland but will we rolling out internationally later this year.

Additionally, users from all over the world have also been provided with the option of permanently deleting their data. Although its only available in Europe right now, Apple does plan to make the feature available to everyone soon.

To download a copy of your Apple data, head to and click "Obtain a copy of your data".

Then fill out the form, including your name and email, and in the details box, write that you're requesting a copy of your personal data. For instance, you will no longer be able to access your App Store, iTunes, and iBooks purchases or use iCloud services such as FaceTime, iMessenger, and Apple Pay. Some services like iMessage, iTunes and iCloud won't work while your data is deactivated. Moreover, for all the data included in that package, it isn't everything Apple has on you. Apple will verify all deletion and deactivation requests to keep users safe from abuse.

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