Apple to launch new Apple ID website to let users download a copy of all their data

“Apple Inc. is revamping privacy controls for its devices and cloud services to comply with strict new European rules as Facebook Inc. faces a user privacy backlash,” Mark Gurman and Stephanie Bodoni report for Bloomberg.

“The iPhone maker said it will update its web page for managing Apple IDs in coming months to let users download a copy of all their data stored with the company,” Gurman and Bodoni report. “The site will also let customers correct personal information, temporarily deactivate their account, and completely delete it. The new privacy controls are designed to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which kicks in May 25, the Cupertino, California-based company said.”

“While Apple first previewed the software changes in January, the new privacy features come as Facebook faces criticism over unauthorized use of its customers’ data,” Gurman and Bodoni report. “Apple regularly promotes the privacy of its devices… Apple’s new web-based privacy options will be released for users in Europe in early May, while the features will come to other countries later. Previously, users could download their data, correct their information, and delete accounts by contacting Apple directly. This is the first time the company is offering these capabilities in a single location online.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Excellent. It’ll be great to have this all in one place!


  1. Europe leading the way and no snide “anyone doing business with Europe is insane” from MDN.

    Lovely to see someone is serious about privacy, I mean other than Apple.

      1. And here I thought that providing privacy was empowering. So I guess controlling privacy is a lot like forcing one to put on their clothes in public to keep their private parts privates and that of course would be anti-NSA as well.

        I’m pro privacy myself so it’s probably anti a lot of stuff.

    1. Personal security (Privacy) is, maybe, becoming a Thing, catching the public imagination through scandal in a way that prim official warnings never could. Privacy assault could become like sexual assault — once a hushed-up, shameful sideline, a price of doing business; both now revealed as greedy harvests unconstrained by ethics or human decency. The love of money is the root of all evil.

      1. Indeed the misnomer of the money…. Most people say wrongly.. “Money is the root of all evil”.. when in FACT… “The LOVE of money IS THE ROOT of ALL evil”

        Watch the 1937 Disney animation “The Golden Touch” and learn something about humility. Snowflakes have NO FCKIN’ CLUE… Especially FCK FACE ZuckFck.

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