To give Apple user more information about how their personal data is collected and used, Apple has updated its iOS, tvOS, and MacOS operating systems.
After updating the operating system, customers will now see a new information screen when using Apple-made apps that will collect personal data, such as App Store.
The change comes ahead of new EU (European Union) data protection rules, which will take effect on 23 May. Apple also plans to give them access to download the stored data of the user.
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) make strict requirements on how organizations handle the public’s data and force harder penalties for breaking the rule.
Previously, Apple has promoted its services and smartphones as being focused on privacy, And The latest software update does not change how much data is collected, but when people use certain Apple-made apps for the first time then the new privacy information screens will appear.
When you tap the notice will display the detailed information about what data is being collected and how the data is going to be used.
However, Apple updates their operating system according to new EU data protection rule customers will not be able to switch off some types of data collection such as they will not able to download free apps from the App Store without first setting up an Apple ID account.
Not only that but also Apple plans to release new tools in May that will let customers download a copy of all the data which Apple stores about them. The data will include users photos, videos, and iCloud back-ups. When customers temporarily deactivate their Apple ID, which will stop Apple processing the data, and if customers permanently delete their Apple ID, which will erase all the data Apple stores within 30 days.
The changes have been welcomed by the privacy-focused Open Right Group.
Jim Killock, Executive Director of Open Right Group said that, making privacy settings more transparent and giving people more control was better. That has happened because companies were checking what people are doing before new data protection rules kick in. “The new rules have forced everyone to make changes, including some of the big US-based companies. That’s a victory for privacy and it shows that we can win improvements if governments listen to people’s well-founded concerns about privacy.”
Source: BBC News