If you are an Apple user then you should really read this guide in order find out what Apple knows about you.
We constantly share a lot of information about ourselves just by using our smartphone without even knowing it. Thanks to the Facebook and Analytical Saga that seems to have awakened us to the reality of things. Pushing us to ask an important question; What do these sites like Google, Apple, Microsoft etc really know about us? What information have we unknowingly given? And how do we manage/delete this data if we want?
Well, thanks to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which went into effect not long ago requiring tech companies to give its users more control over their online personal data and how the said data is being used and shared. The first step being transparency; showing you everything they have on you. From there you can decide what to do with the information.
Apple has also prided themselves as taking security very seriously, in fact, there is a quote on their privacy page that reads; “We believe security shouldn’t come at the expense of individual privacy.”. However, they still have your data and you should probably find out what they have before figuring what to do from there.
How To Find Out What Apple Knows About You
- Head straight to the Apple Website and Access the Privacy Section.
In the privacy section, you will see Privacy Contact Form Under Access To Personal Information. Click on the Privacy Contact Form.
Select Your Country of residence.
You should now be in the Privacy Questions Page, With a drop-down menu of options to choose from. Click on the Drop Down Menu and Choose Privacy Issues.
Fill in the necessary details required by Apple.
An email will be sent to you to verifying if you are actually the one seeking the information on their website.
Once you’ve verified the ownership of the email by clicking on the link in it. Apple will send you everything they have on you in a Zip File Format protected by a password. They will also send you a different email containing the password of the said Zip file.
Note: Compiling and sending the Zip file might take a few days, so make sure you give them time to gather everything, But be rest assured that Apple will send you every tiny bit of detail they have on you.
Now is the time to Find Out What Apple Knows About You. That is of course, if you are an apple product/service user. From there, you can choose what to do with the data. You can also ask Apple to delete the data if you like.
Facebook has reminded us to be conscious of what kind of information we put out there and also how that information can be used to influence us. Thankfully, we have more control, now more than ever on our data is to be used.