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Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

As we reported yesterday, Apple has revamped its portal for data and privacy. The company had initially released a new privacy portal ahead of GDPR protections that went live earlier this year. This portal allowed European users to request a copy of all data associated with their Apple ID. Apple has now revamped this site with easier access to the personal information that the company stores on every user. The refresh is meant to include all the new security features that have been introduced with iOS 12 and macOS Mojave.

However, unlike its previous version, the new mini-site can now be used by Non-Europeans to request their data, as well. Before this, the site was limited to the customers in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Other Apple users had to contact the company to get a copy of their data.

The full-featured Data and Privacy portal is now available to the users of the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Apple users elsewhere can continue to contact Apple to request a copy of their data.

“At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right,” the site reads.

“We’re committed to keeping your personal information safe. That’s why we innovate ways to safeguard your privacy on your device, why we’re upfront about how we personalize your experience, and why we equip developers with the best tools to protect your data.”

How to download Apple data using the new Data and Privacy portal

Apple users in Europe, US and some select other regions can now download a copy of their personal information stored by the iPhone maker. This data includes app usage history, account details and sign-in records, calendars, photos and documents stored in iCloud, and data associated with Apple Music and Game Center. AppleCare support history along with marketing records are also included.

Here’s how you can easily request a copy of your personal data from Apple.

  1. Visit privacy.apple.com (clickable link) from your Mac, PC or iPad (not iPhone).
  2. Enter your Apple ID email and password.
  3. On the Apple ID & Privacy page click Continue. Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it
  4. Under the Obtain a copy of your data, click on Get started link.
  5. Check all the boxes for categories of data that you want to download. Alternatively, click on Select All. Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it
  6. Click Continue.
  7. On the next screen, choose the maximum file size – a feature that allows you to divide your data into multiple files with size going from 1GB to 25GB.
  8. Finally, click on Complete Request.

If this service isn’t available in your region, you can follow these steps to request and download a copy of all your data. You can also use the new portal to delete your account and all the data associated with it by signing into the privacy website and heading over to Manage your data > Delete your account.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

Apple is making it easier for its users to download their data the company has collected about them so far.

On Wednesday, Apple just launched a new Data and Privacy website that allows you to download everything that the company knows about you, from Apple ID info, device info, App Store activity, AppleCare history, your online shopping habits to all of your data stored in its iCloud.

A similar feature was recently offered by Facebook, enabling its users to download all of their data, not only what they have posted, but also information like facial recognition and location data, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Apple has currently made this feature only available for people having accounts in European Union (along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) act, which goes into effect on May 25.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

However, Apple is planning to roll out this feature worldwide in the coming months. “We intend to provide these capabilities to customers around the world in the coming months,” the company wrote.

The new GDPR act was passed with an aim to completely transform the way companies handle its users’ personal data, giving users more control over their data. The act applies to all companies that collect the data of EU people, regardless of where they are based.

The GDPR will replace the British Data Protection Act 1998 from 25 May 2018.

The government has also warned businesses that if they fail to make changes in their policies before Friday, they could face fines of up to £17 Million (more than $22 Million), or 4% of their global turnover—whichever amount is higher.

That’s why big companies like Apple have decided to inform their European customers about the new privacy policies.

Here’s How to Download Your Data:

You can download all your data with a few simple clicks on the privacy portal.

  • Log in to privacy.apple.com on your Mac, PC, or iPad.
  • Select the Get started link under the “Obtain a copy of your data” heading in Manage your data.
  • You can press ‘Select All’ to download everything or tick the boxes of the data categories you want to download. iCloud data are provided into a separate list as this data may be large and can take a long time to download.
  • Apple splits up the data into chunks, which ranges from 1 GB up to a maximum of 25 GB, letting you select your preferred maximum file size. Select a size and hit ‘Continue.’

Your download is now in progress, and Apple will send you an email when the files are available to download, which can take up to a week. Your downloaded data is then automatically deleted after 2 weeks.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

Here’s the List of Data that You can Download:

  • App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store and Apple Music activity
  • Apple ID account and device information
  • Apple Online Store and Retail Store activity
  • AppleCare support history, repair requests and more
  • Game Center activity
  • iCloud Bookmarks and Reading List
  • iCloud Calendars and Reminders
  • iCloud Contacts
  • iCloud Notes
  • Maps Report an Issue
  • Marketing subscriptions, downloads, and other activity
  • Other data
  • iCloud Drive files and documents
  • iCloud Mail
  • iCloud Photos

Besides data download feature, Apple is also providing an option of permanently deleting all of your data, which has been made available globally starting today. Once you initiate the data delete option, the company can take up to 7 days to approve the request.

But keep in mind: Once deleted, there is no way you can retrieve your data.

The company has revamped its privacy portal to allow consumers to download data linked to their Apple ID

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do itConsumers in the U.S. can now download a copy of the data Apple has stored about them.

The tech giant’s new privacy portal, which was unveiled on Wednesday, follows the May implementation of a European data-privacy law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Under GDPR, consumers in Europe have the right to obtain a copy of data a company holds about them, rescind previously-given consent for a company to collect data about them, and request that data be deleted.

In an effort to bring the same privacy tools to consumers in the U.S., Apple has now fulfilled an earlier promise to offer a service that allows users to download a copy of all the personal data the company has about them that is linked to an Apple ID.

How to download your data

With its new privacy portal, Apple is giving U.S. users the ability to access the information held about them, delete information, pause an Apple.com account, or even shut it down.

Here’s how to retrieve data associated with a particular Apple ID account:

Go to Apple’s Privacy Portal.Sign in with your Apple ID and password and enter your two-factor authentication code if you have it enabled.

Request a copy of your data. Click on “Obtain a copy of your data” and select the data that you would like to download, or choose “select all” to download everything.

Go through the account verification steps. Apple must confirm that you are the account holder and may ask you a few additional verification questions. Once the data is compiled and ready to download (which can take up to seven days), you will get a notification and be sent a .zip file with the information.

Sarah has been writing and editing for ConsumerAffairs since 2015. Her areas of interest include technology and cybersecurity news, retail news, and home and living news. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, an interior design enthusiast, and a mother of two.

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Starting on Wednesday, Apple will allow US users to download all of their data from the company, following a GDPR-mandated feature for EU citizens that launched in May. The download tool is accessible from the company’s Data and Privacy page, and it encompasses device-syncing data like iCloud bookmarks as well as iTunes purchases and retail-level information like your Apple Care support history. Users will have to authenticate with their Apple ID before receiving the data.

The new availability comes as part of the launch of a revamped privacy page, which emphasizes Apple’s data-retention policies and differential privacy efforts. The new page encourages users to turn on two-factor authentication and gives them the option to opt out of targeted ads and notifications from Apple. The company’s use of differential privacy has expanded to many of the new features introduced with iOS 12, including Memoji characteristics like hair length and Screen Time’s classification of specific websites.

Learn how to authorize your computer before you use it to sync or play content that you download from the iTunes Store.

When you authorize your Mac or PC, you give it permission to access your music, movies, and other content.

  • You can authorize up to 5 computers, which means that you can play your content on 5 different computers.
  • You can’t authorize a computer from another computer or from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Before you sell or give away your computer or send it in for service, deauthorize your computer to remove its access to protected purchases. For other devices, learn how to see where you’re signed in or remove devices.

Store availability and features might vary by country or region.

How to authorize a Mac or PC

  1. On a Mac, open the Music app, Apple TV app, or Apple Books app. On a PC, open iTunes for Windows.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. In the menu bar on your Mac or PC, choose Account > Authorizations > Authorize This Computer.
    Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do itIf you’re asked to authorize your computer again, it won’t use a new authorization. Apple ID uses the same authorization for the same computer.

See your authorized computers

To automatically sign in to your Account Information page from your computer, click here. Or follow these steps:

  1. On a Mac, open the Music app, Apple TV app, or Apple Books app. On a PC, open iTunes for Windows.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. In the menu bar on your Mac or PC, choose Account > View My Account.
    Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it
  4. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  5. On the Account Information page, scroll to the Apple ID Summary section. You’ll see the number of computers that you’ve authorized with your Apple ID. You can’t see the names of those computers. If you haven’t authorized 2 or more computers, you won’t see this section.
    Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

If the number of authorized computers listed is more than what you expect, you might not have deauthorized the computers that you no longer use, gave away, or sold. You need to deauthorize all of your computers and then authorize each one that you still use.

Deauthorize a computer

  1. On a Mac, open the Music app, Apple TV app, or Apple Books app. On a PC, open iTunes for Windows.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Account > Authorizations > Deauthorize This Computer.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  4. Choose Deauthorize.

If you run out of authorizations, deauthorize all

If one of your 5 authorizations is on a computer that you don’t use anymore, deauthorize it. If you sold or gave away a computer that’s used one of your 5 authorizations, you need to choose Deauthorize All on the Account Information page. Then authorize each computer that you still use.

About authorizing other Apple devices

You don’t need to authorize your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or other Apple device. These devices don’t use your available authorizations. Learn how to check your Apple ID device list to see where you’re signed in and how to remove a device.

Get help

  • Learn what to do if your computer keeps asking you to authorize when you try to play your content.
  • You can deauthorize all computers once per year.
  • If you don’t see Account in the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or the top of the Music app or iTunes window, check your Restrictions. You might have access to the iTunes Store turned off.

Store availability and features might vary by country or region.

Information about products not manufactured by Apple, or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple, is provided without recommendation or endorsement. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or use of third-party websites or products. Apple makes no representations regarding third-party website accuracy or reliability. Contact the vendor for additional information.

To see which apps, music, and other content you bought, look at your purchase history. You can also see the payment method and the device that you used to buy the item.

See a list of your purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Books, and the Apple TV app.

To cancel a subscription or redownload something that you purchased, you don’t need to view your purchase history.

How to see recent purchases on the web

  1. Go to reportaproblem.apple.com.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. A list of your recent purchases appears. If you’re not sure what you were charged for but you know the exact amount, search for the amount. If there’s a problem with an item that you purchased, use this website to report the problem to Apple.

To see charges from older purchases, you might need to look at your purchase history in Settings or the App Store.

See your purchase history on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap your name, then tap Media & Purchases. You might be asked to sign in.
  3. Tap Purchase History.
    Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it
  4. Your purchase history appears. If you want to see purchases that you made more than 90 days prior, tap Last 90 Days, then select a different date range.

See your purchase history on your computer

  1. Open the Music app or iTunes. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, choose Account, then click View My Account.
  2. On the Account Information page, scroll down to Purchase History. Next to Most Recent Purchase, click See All.
    Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it
  3. Find the item. It might take a moment for your Purchase History to appear. If you want to see purchases that you made more than 90 days prior, click Last 90 Days, then select a date range.

If you can’t find an item in your purchase history

If you can’t find the item you’re looking for, try these things before you contact Apple.

Find out if a family member purchased the item

If you use Family Sharing, your purchase history shows purchases that you made using your Apple ID, but you won’t see what other family members bought. To see what other family members bought, sign in with their Apple ID.

If family members have access to your device, you might want to require a password for every purchase.

To control what kids buy on their own devices, turn on Ask to Buy.

Check if you purchased the item with a different Apple ID

If you don’t see an item in your purchase history, you might have been signed in with a different Apple ID when you made the purchase. Sign in with that Apple ID to check if your purchases were billed to that account.

If you see purchases that you don’t recognize or unexpected charges

  • If you see items in your purchase history that you don’t remember buying, check if someone else who uses your device, such as a family member, bought the item. If someone else is using your Apple ID and password, change your Apple ID password.
  • Learn what to do if you don’t recognize a charge on your statement from your bank or financial institution.
  • Learn how to request a refund.

Learn more

  • If you see an in-app purchase in your purchase history but you don’t see it in the app, restore in-app purchases.
  • Learn about how App Store and iTunes Store purchases are billed.
  • If you received a suspicious email notification about a purchase, the email might not be from Apple or reflect actual charges to your account. Learn how to identify legitimate App Store or iTunes Store emails.

Store availability and features might vary by country or region. Learn what’s available in your country or region.

Information about products not manufactured by Apple, or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple, is provided without recommendation or endorsement. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or use of third-party websites or products. Apple makes no representations regarding third-party website accuracy or reliability. Contact the vendor for additional information.

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The App Store is designed to be a safe and trusted place for users to discover apps created by talented developers around the world. Apps on the App Store are held to a high standard for privacy, security, and content because nothing is more important than maintaining users’ trust. In order to submit new apps and app updates, you need to provide information about some of your app’s data collection practices on your product page. And starting with iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, and tvOS 14.5, you’ll be required to ask users for their permission to track them across apps and websites owned by other companies.

Describing How Your App Uses Data

The App Store better helps users understand an app’s privacy practices before they download the app. On each app’s product page, users can learn about some of the data types an app may collect, and whether the information is used to track them or is linked to their identity or device.

In order to submit new apps and app updates, you must provide information about your privacy practices in App Store Connect. If you use third-party code — such as advertising or analytics SDKs — you’ll also need to describe what data the third-party code collects, how the data may be used, and whether the data is used to track users.

Asking Permission to Track

Starting with iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, and tvOS 14.5, you’ll need to receive the user’s permission through the AppTrackingTransparency framework to track them or access their device’s advertising identifier. Tracking refers to the act of linking user or device data collected from your app with user or device data collected from other companies’ apps, websites, or offline properties for targeted advertising or advertising measurement purposes. Tracking also refers to sharing user or device data with data brokers.

Examples of tracking include, but are not limited to:

  • Displaying targeted advertisements in your app based on user data collected from apps and websites owned by other companies.
  • Sharing device location data or email lists with a data broker.
  • Sharing a list of emails, advertising IDs, or other IDs with a third-party advertising network that uses that information to retarget those users in other developers’ apps or to find similar users.
  • Placing a third-party SDK in your app that combines user data from your app with user data from other developers’ apps to target advertising or measure advertising efficiency, even if you don’t use the SDK for these purposes. For example, using an analytics SDK that repurposes the data it collects from your app to enable targeted advertising in other developers’ apps.

The following use cases are not considered tracking, and do not require user permission through the AppTrackingTransparency framework:

  • When user or device data from your app is linked to third-party data solely on the user’s device and is not sent off the device in a way that can identify the user or device.
  • When the data broker with whom you share data uses the data solely for fraud detection, fraud prevention, or security purposes. For example, using a data broker solely to prevent credit card fraud.
  • When the data broker is a consumer reporting agency and the data is shared with them for purposes of (1) reporting on a consumer’s creditworthiness, or (2) obtaining information on a consumer’s creditworthiness for the specific purpose of making a credit determination.

Using the AppTrackingTransparency Framework

To request permission to track the user and access the device’s advertising identifier, use the AppTrackingTransparency framework. You must also include a purpose string in the system prompt that explains why you’d like to track the user. Unless you receive permission from the user to enable tracking, the device’s advertising identifier value will be all zeros and you may not track them as described above.

While you can display the AppTrackingTransparency prompt whenever you choose, the device’s advertising identifier value will only be returned once you present the prompt and the user grants permission. Use the purpose string to explain what this data will be used for to help the user understand what they’re opting in to share. If the user allows apps to request to track, but has turned tracking off for your app, you can ask the user to change their preference for your app by providing a shortcut to Settings where they can change the tracking permission.

The ID for Vendors (IDFV), may be used for analytics across apps from the same content provider. The IDFV may not be combined with other data to track a user across apps and websites owned by other companies unless you have been granted permission to track by the user.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

James Davis

Jan 07, 2021 • Filed to: Manage Device Data • Proven solutions

You treated yourself to a new iPhone 7 for your birthday. Your wife and eldest daughter are still happy, each using an iPhone 5. Your son will never leave home without his iPod Touch, and the youngest constantly play ‘Angry Birds’ on her iPad. Since everyone is on the same iOS platform, it seems to make sense that they all use one Apple ID.

After all, what is the alternative? The family has a desktop PC that has iTunes installed, and that is the first-choice software to manage iDevices. It would be possible for each user to have their account. That used to be difficult, with everyone needing to have a credit card registered to their account. The only real challenge now is that you would have to sign in and out of each account, every time you wanted to sync your device, load apps, load music, books, etc.

We say ‘the only real challenge’ , but if you think about it for more than a moment, you will probably conclude that it is going to be too much of a problem, a pain in the backside! To log in and out of every one of the five accounts every time someone different wants to use iTunes for their device.

There are probably enough advantages to having just one account for everyone to use, to persuade you that that is the way to go. Firstly, you would be able to control the family’s app purchases. Secondly, everyone can access the apps, movies, or music that had been purchased under that account, saving any thoughts about multiple purchases. Thirdly, they are still living under your roof, so you might like the idea of knowing just where their interests lie.

However, there are still some challenges to consider.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

You’ve invested in great hardware.

  • Part 1: Common Problems with a Sharing Apple ID
  • Part 2: Using the Sharing Apple ID for iTunes/App Store Purchases
  • Part 3: Using a Separate Apple ID for Personal Data

Part 1: Common Problems with a Sharing Apple ID

Sharing an Apple ID across multiple devices in a family is a common situation throughout the world. While this is good, it can also bring headaches. With one ID, the devices are perceived to be owned by the same single person. As a result, a text sent from iMessage using mom’s iPhone will show up on her son’s iPad. A Facetime request from the daughter’s friend could be received by dad instead. The Photostream, on the other hand, will be flooded with streams of photos coming from everyone in the family. If a family member had a new iPad and used the same Apple ID to set it up, that person will be able to not just download purchased apps, but will also have everyone’s contacts and calendar entries copied to the new device as well. While sharing can be a good thing, sharing too much can be very uncomfortable.

If a family member purchased a new iPad and use the same Apple ID, that person will be able to not just download purchased apps, but will also have everyone’s contacts and calendar entries copied to the new device as well. While sharing can be a good thing, sharing too much can be troublesome.

Part 2: Using the Sharing Apple ID for iTunes/App Store Purchases

To manage multiple Apple devices with one family Apple ID, it is best to know how an Apple ID and its services work. Before the introduction of iOS 5, an Apple ID was mostly used for purchases from the Apple Store. From iOS 5, the usage of Apple ID has been extended to cover the functions of other services.

Think of the Apple ID as providing two categories of operation. First, your purchases – apps, films, music. Second, your data – contacts, messages, photographs. The first of these probably represent no problem at all. Maybe you do not want the kids knowing that you are a secret Bieber fan, but nothing much more than that. The second is much more of a potential problem. Services that are tied to an Apple ID include the iCloud, and that will result in the sharing of documents and calendars. Then the Apple ID is also used for iMessage and Facetime, and . this could cause all sorts of misunderstandings.

Nonetheless, if you would like to still have one Apple ID to manage your family’s purchases and keep your data usages separately, you can do so by setting up individual Apple IDs for everyone in the family. One Apple ID for personal data whilst sharing one Apple ID for purchasing purposes. Simply follow the steps below to share an Apple ID for Apple Store and iTunes transactions.

Step 1: Open Settings and Choose iTunes & App Store

On your device, go to ‘Settings’ and open ‘iTunes & App Store’. You will understand that you will need to repeat this on all devices which are sharing the same Apple ID.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

Step 2: Enter the shared apple id and password

Once the ‘iTunes & App Store’ is opened, key in the shared Apple ID and password. This is the Apple ID that you would like to use for your purchases. This will be the same ID that you most likely used to set up each of the iDevices as they arrived in the family home.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

Please note:

Purchases made from the shared Apple ID account will be automatically downloaded into all Apple devices connected to the mutual account. To avoid this from happening, turn off the “Automatic Downloads”. This can be accessed in the “iTunes & App Store” settings.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

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