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Wondering what Apple knows about you? Now, you can find out.

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Anyone in the US with an Apple account can now request a copy of the data that Apple has collected about your downloads, subscriptions, device usage, and other activities. The ability to download such data has already been available in the European Union. The expansion to the US is in line with an overhaul that Apple has made to its privacy page.

With online privacy such a hot-button issue, some companies are trying to become more transparent about what data they collect about you. But attempting to access all the information stored about you has been a challenge. That's why businesses such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Apple offer you a way to download your data so you can more easily review it.

To access your account data, sign into Apple's Data and Privacy page. Under the section to Get a copy of your data, click the link to Get started. The page to Get a copy of your data displays all the different information you can request, including Apple Store activity, Apple Account activity, AppleCare Support history, iCloud content, and subscriptions and downloads. Check the items you want to see or check Select All to grab everything. Click Continue and then complete the request.

You'll then receive a couple of notices by email -- one to tell you that your data is being prepared and another to tell you when it's ready to download. Your request could take as many as seven days to process, during which time Apple tries to confirm that the request was made by you.

After you've reviewed the information, you can return to the Data and Privacy page. If you've spotted any errors or need to change something, click the Get started link in the Correct your data section. The page explains how to access your account on your iOS device, Mac, or Apple's website to modify or update any information. From the Data and Privacy page, you can also deactivate or delete your Apple account if you no longer need it or use it.

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Takeaways

  1. You can now download a copy of the account data that Apple has collected about you.
  2. You can then review the information offline and return to Apple's Data and Privacy page to change or update any items.

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[h2] Takeaways

  1. You can now download a copy of the account data that Apple has collected about you.
  2. You can then review the information offline and return to Apple's Data and Privacy page to change or update any items.

[h2] Also see


Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books - "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time" and "Teach Yourself VISUALLY LinkedIn."