On Wednesday, the Cupertino-based tech giant launched a new Data and Privacy website which will allow users to access and download all the data related to them that Apple has acquired from their Apple ID, activity on Apple App Store, AppleCare History, and images, videos, and documents stored on iCloud.
You will need to wait up to seven days for Apple to verify your request and provide your data.
Users outside the European Union can still have their Apple ID deactivated or deleted if they want to. Apple notifies the customer when the data is ready to download, and it is automatically deleted after two weeks. This all can be downloaded with a few easy clicks on the privacy portal.
The data download selection option appears before the GDPR deadline.
The feature is now restricted only to users in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland but will we rolling out internationally later this year. Likewise, you'll be able to get information on physical in-store and online purchases, as well as Apple Care repairs.
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Note: You will be asked for confirmation before you delete your Apple ID. Apple is now also allowing users to deactivate their account temporarily or get rid of it permanently. Apple has said that they plan to make the download portal available to users worldwide in coming months.
Users looking to deactivate their data must have the request verified, which may take a week to complete. You also won't be able to use iMessage, FaceTime, or other iCloud services.
Deactivation does not mean Apple will permanently delete your data.
Its arrival comes as Apple continues to push itself as an advocate for user privacy amid endless controversies over rivals' misuse of personal information.