The European General Data Protection Regulation gives users in Europe more insight into the use of their personal data. If you are interested in your Apple data, we will explain how to request Apple GDPR information. It’s very uncomplicated.
5 years GDPR in Europe: More data protection for users
It’s hard to imagine, but it’s still true: In around two months, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be celebrating its fifth anniversary. The regulation has officially come into force and is applicable since May 25, 2018.
Despite this seemingly long time, data protection in general and the GDPR in particular are still in the early stages of discovery. There are only a few verdicts and important decisions – such as on Facebook use in German authorities – are still pending.
Nevertheless, the GDPR and its creators can also look back on some successes. One of the greatest achievements is undoubtedly the increased awareness of personal data in society.
Or to put it another way: Many people know that they can ask social networks like Facebook, but also other companies – such as their own employer – about the stored personal data.
Apple GDPR Disclosure: How to find out what Apple data is stored about you
Of course, this also applies to Apple. The group from Cupertino, California, eagerly collects data from its own users. So if you have a Mac on your desk or use an iPhone or iPad, there’s bound to be Apple data about you too.
So that you too can find out what Apple knows about you, we have written a short guide on how to get your Apple data. All you have to do is provide an Apple GDPR disclosure.
1. Sign in to the Apple privacy area
The first step is to log in with your Apple ID at the following URL (https://privacy.apple.com).
You will then immediately land in Apple’s data protection section. There you can, for example, Request a copy of your data or correct your data or even deactivate your Apple account (temporarily).
2. Request Apple GDPR information: select documents
Once you’ve clicked on the copy of your data, a menu will open. There you can individually specify which Apple data interests you. For example, there are your wallet activities, cards, marketing communications or app store activities as selection options.
3. Set maximum file size for Apple data
When you have selected all information in the menu, you can set the maximum file size in the next step. This is especially useful for those people who don’t want to clutter up their hard drive with a 50 gigabyte file. We choose the smallest unit with one gigabyte.
One week waiting time for Apple GDPR information
After you have set the file size, the waiting process begins for you. Depending on the amount of data requested, Apple allows up to a week to collect all Apple data from and about you.
If you don’t want to wait for your e-mail or if you’ve been waiting a surprisingly long time, you can also see the current status of your Apple GDPR information at the URL mentioned above.