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Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with NPR this week that Apple is a company that people can trust when it comes to sensitive information. Cook testified that Apple has always avoided selling user data, which is what he and other executives in the company have been echoing.

In an interview with NPR, Cook says acquiring user data to sell ads is something his company has avoided. "People will look at this and feel that they can trust Apple," he says. "That's a key part of anyone that you're working with on your health."
Apple executives have long emphasized that the Users are not the "Products", and that's a significant difference between Apple and other companies like Facebook and Google, which rely specifically on user data for the purpose of marketing and monetization.

UCSD Health's chief information officer said that Apple's focus on privacy has made hospital officials feel more comfortable, as the patients' health and privacy are crucial. UCSD Health is convinced that all recorded data is stored locally and not uploaded to the cloud, which can help protect patients.

NPR's report also pointed out that some Health apps, such as period tracker or heart rate monitor, share data with Facebook to obtain targeted advertising, but Apple said that those apps will of course not be connected to Health Records. This is an advanced protection and limitation feature designed by Apple. Access to Health apps is usually only possible if the user explicitly authorizes them.

If we say that Privacy is the fundamental human rights, then Apple is the guard of it, there are no such tech companies that are so strict on the Privacy concerns. On its own operating systems, Apple has set up many protections just for that reason, it will be our great loss if we do not take advantage of it, so today I will make sure to help you further protect your basic human rights with those appropriate steps.



1. Turn off your Location Acess:

Some apps like Facebook or Twitter requires you to turn on Location Acess to tag a place when you post, yet, if you don't want to be tracked, you should select either "While Using the app" or "Never" instead of "Always" by going to the Settings app, Privacy section, and then the Location Services.

2. Turn off access to the Microphone and Camera if needed: 

While there are apps that need the microphone and camera use permissions, like the Google Assistant, but most apps should not obtain the access to the microphone and camera, shall be switched off, considering that they may use the access to leak pieces of information to other people by quietly record voices or take photos in the background, it's better to them off.

3. Switch on "Block All Cookies" in Safari app:

Pretty much all websites use cookies to provide relevant services for you and show information that might be of interest to you. Google Adsense, for example, apply cookies that determine what kind of ads to display on a web page. Indeed, with iOS 12, you can block all cookies in Safari, a way to ensure your website doesn't track you, but also reduce ads as possible. To enable it, go to the Settings -> Safari, and then switch it off.

4. Manage Your Background App Refresh:

Background App Refresh, a feature that allows any app for iPhone or iPad to appear to be multitasking all the time, in which means apps will track your phone all the time, may be able to collect devices' info and analyze the user's behavior of using apps, that is how Facebook developing features, you definitely should turn it off, a way to save battery life as well.

Apple has extended its new "Data & Privacy Potal today, allowing users in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand download all data associated with Apple ID. These data including purchase history, app usage history, calendars, reminders, photos, documents stored in iCloud, Apple Music and Game Center data, and AppleCare support history.

According to Apple, the new portal is designed to response to the new GDPR regulation that goes into effect at the end of the month. Because of Apple’s strong stance on privacy, the data stored in Apple servers shouldn't take plenty of time to download. Yet. Apple says it will roll out the service worldwide in the coming months, starting today.


You can request data corrections, deactivate or delete your own account as well. And for those users who who live in a country or region that's not listed above can contact Apple for a copy of their data. Because it's still rolling out to customers, it might take sometime to show up on your Data and Privacy page.

In addition to the new web portal, the company also updated its privacy website that explains how iOS 12 and macOS Mojave handle the privacy measures. Apple admits that they will minimize its collection of personal data, and users aren’t treated as products, but rather believes Privacy is the "fundamental human right."

Apple has announced it will be launching a dedicated website that allows law enforcement officers to submit lawful requests for data, track requests, and obtain responsive data when it's legally requested. It comes after the company updated its privacy website yesterday.


However, Apple says that the data will not be available simply by request, it must be submitted legally. Once it's approved, law enforcement officers will have the ability to view sensitive infos such as emails, stored photos, documents, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, Safari browsing history, etc.

We believe that law enforcement agencies play a critical role in keeping our society safe and we’ve always maintained that if we have information we will make it available when presented with valid legal process. In recognizing the ongoing digital evidence needs of law enforcement agencies, we have a team of dedicated professionals within our legal department who manage and respond to all legal requests received from law enforcement agencies globally. Our team also responds to emergency requests globally on a 24/7 basis.

We publish legal process guidelines for government and law enforcement agencies globally and we publish transparency reports twice a year detailing the types of requests we receive and how we respond. In addition, we regularly provide training to law enforcement officers on the types of data available from Apple and how to obtain it consistent with our legal process guidelines.

By the end of 2018 we will begin the launch of an online portal for authenticated law enforcement officers globally to submit lawful requests for data, track requests, and obtain responsive data from Apple.

We are building a team of professionals dedicated to training law enforcement officers globally, which will significantly increase our ability to reach smaller police forces and agencies. This will include the development of an online training module for officers. This will assist Apple in training a larger number of law enforcement agencies and officers globally, and ensure that our company’s information and guidance can be updated to reflect the rapidly changing data landscape.

Apple is committed to protecting the security and privacy of our users. The above developments and the work we do to assist investigations uphold this fundamental commitment.

Apple will also make sure that they will never create backdoors to its products and services. Though the law enforcement liaison program has existed for a while, but the web portal is a new addition, at the same time, Apple will still uphold its fundamental commitment to protect the security and privacy of its customers.

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Apple launched a new "Data & Privacy" website today, where users can download all data associated with Apple ID. These data including purchase history, app usage history, calendars, reminders, photos, documents stored in iCloud, Apple Music and Game Center data, and AppleCare support history.

Unfortunately, only Apple IDs registered in European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, as well as Switzerland. However, Apple says it will roll out the service worldwide "in the coming months". Additionally, you can request data corrections, deactivate or delete your own account as well.


The new website is designed to response to the new GDPR regulation that goes into effect at the end of the month. Because of Apple’s strong stance on privacy, the data stored in Apple severs shouldn't take plenty of time to download.

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