Apple asks you to fill out a form to specifically request your data downloads in the privacy section of its website (Photo: Apple screenshot)
You make the request at https://www.apple.com/privacy/contact and then choose from "Privacy Issues," in the contact form. Write a sentence explaining that you want your personal data and download histories.
Apple says it is moving to one-click requests — which would put it on par with Facebook and Google — in May, but only for European countries at first, to comply with new privacy regulations going into effect May 25th. It says it will have the easier and less confusing privacy requests here later in the year.
Apple makes a big deal about its different approach to privacy on the company website, and it paints quite an effective selling proposition for buying an iPhone vs. a Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel phone.
Overall, Apple keeps less data on me than Facebook or Google.Once you read it, it's more of a shrug.
But what Apple really needs to do now is not wait to take care of its customers in the United States, home to its biggest customer base, with easier tools to get our data back, it needs to do it now. Since there's so little to report back that Apple kept on us, why make it so hard?
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