After first being available for EU Apple customers to request a copy of their personal information, now Apple users in other countries can also download a copy of their personally identifiable data from Apple apps and services.
Currently, besides the EU, this service is available to users in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. (Nonetheless, if you do not live in any of these countries, you can contact Apple to request a copy of your data.
Your data gathered from Apple’s apps and services may include purchase or app usage history, Apple Music and Game Center statistics, marketing history, AppleCare support history, and any data stored on Apple servers (which may include calendars, photos, and documents).
While you may need to wait a couple of days before you can retrieve the information, Apple makes a clear message that they are taking the privacy of their users much more seriously.
Head to Apple’s privacy portal at privacy.apple.com. This can only be done on the web browser on your Mac, PC and iPad, not your iPhone.
Enter your Apple ID and password, and authorise any two-factor authentication code on your device if prompted.
On the Apple ID & Privacy page, click Continue.
Under Get a Copy of Your Data, click Get Started.
From the next page, you will see a list of categories with check boxes next to them. From here, you can tick the boxes you wish to download, or Select All. Click Continue.
Pick the maximum file size you wish to download from the dropdown menu on the next page (1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, or 25GB).
Once you have clicked Complete Request to confirm, as a security measure, Apple will verify that you are the account holder by requesting several bits of your information to confirm that the request was made by you.
Apple will email you to inform it is preparing your data, and that it can take up to seven days to do so. Once your data is ready to download, you will be notified that you have two weeks to download the .zip file.
Do note that this service to download your data may not be available just yet in the country you may be in, and may still take some time to roll out to Apple users all over the world.