Apple to revamp its privacy controls on its devices to abide by new strict European rules, which are to be implemented by European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation. This comes to light after the Facebook’s ongoing privacy and data breach fiasco, the rules are supposed to give new privacy protections for Internet users globally. These rules are scheduled to be implemented by May 25th this year.
Apple is soon going to offer its users an updated webpage that will allow them to manage their AppleIDs. This allows the users to download all their data, which is stored by the company that include contacts, photos, calendar entries etc. It also allows the user to even delete his/her AppleID as well. Previously, this could only be done by contacting to Apple directly.
Apple recently released iOS 11.3 update for all its products. The update includes a new privacy splash screen describing their users' privacy and how data is used in the individual applications.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has also expressed his concerns about privacy issues in wake of Facebook user data being collected and shared, he even bashed Mark Zuckerberg on this by stating “If we monetised our customer, if our customer was our product, we could make a ton of money,” Cook said. “We’ve elected not to do that … We’re not going to traffic in your personal life. Privacy to us is a human right, a civil liberty,” he said.
Cook also stated, “The ability of anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life -- from my own point of view it shouldn’t exist.”
Apple’s concern regarding users privacy can be seen evidently, in midst of the Facebook debacle, the company is trying to highlight their privacy concern towards its users.
According to Bloomberg, the new revamped web-based privacy and managing AppleID options will go live for UK-based users before the deadline (May 25th), most probably by the first week of May, followed by others accordingly.