Apple now allows you to download all the data it keeps about you, your purchases, and how you interact with Apple services.
It started providing an easy way for European users to request this data earlier this year because of GDPR, a European privacy regulation, but now the website is available in other countries, including South Africa, too.
So last week, I requested what Apple knows about me after 10 years of heavily using Apple products. After five days, Apple sent me an email with download links to nearly 17 GB of data, including my entire iCloud drive. On the website, you can also ask Apple to correct what it knows about you and delete your account.
Apple has aggressively positioned itself as the tech giant that's most aligned with users on security and privacy, and Apple CEO Tim Cook has even gone so far to say that privacy is a human right. So Apple's user data interface needs to be stellar to match up with its rhetoric.
Here's what it was like:
Apple will tell you all the different kinds of data that it has on you, along with the formats they come in. It will ask what's the largest file size you can handle.
Ultimately, nothing in the gigabytes of files I downloaded really surprised me. But if it had, I could also deactivate or delete my account easily.
If you want to see what data Apple has about you, visit privacy.apple.com.
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