As you know, Apple is very cautious about the privacy of its customers’ personal data. Apple does not inherit the examples of Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other companies, collecting a minimum of information about users.
In addition, the company always honestly warns about the collection of information, without hiding anything. In this article, we will try to figure out what kind of customer data Apple stores on its servers, whether there is important information among them and how users can download a copy of it.
What information does Apple store about users?
Back in the spring of 2018, the company provided users with the ability to download data archives about them. Even earlier, such services were introduced by Google and Facebook.
The download request is made through your Apple ID account. In our case, the editorial “accounting” was used for verification, which has existed for about 10 years. Considering the “experience” of the account and the considerable number of iPhones, iPads and Macs that have passed through it, it would be logical to assume that the volume of the archive would be quite impressive, but in reality its size was only about 1 GB. Moreover, the archive contained a minimum of important information: physical and email addresses, a list of all purchased applications and games, a list of installed games and programs, a list of music tracks, albums, ringtones and movies downloaded from the iTunes Store, browser bookmarks, notes, calendars and reminders: and iCloud Drive files and documents and photos uploaded to iCloud. Company does not store history Internet pages visited, movements, phone call logs or other personal information.
Naturally, the company can collect personal information, but does not store it, and all information, if used, is only in encrypted form.
How do I download personal information held by Apple?
As mentioned above, the company launched a service with which users can download stored data about themselves. However, this process is quite lengthy and can take more than a week (about 8 days). It is worth noting that employees of the company can call you back to make sure that it was you who sent the request to download the information.
To download the archive:
1. Open section “Data and confidentiality” on the official Apple portal.
2. Click the link button “Request to receive data”.
3. Select the data you would like to include in the archive.
4. Click “Proceed”.
5. Select the value of the maximum file size, into which the archive will be split. For example, all your data “weighs” 3 GB, and you specified a value of 2 GB. In this case, Apple will send you two 2 GB and 1 GB archives.
6. Click “Run request”.
That, in fact, is all. In the coming days, you will receive an archive with all the information that Apple stores about you.
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