Down­load your data

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In is­sue # 329, we looked at how you can con­trol what info Ap­ple

has about you. We ex­plained that you can down­load all of that in­for­ma­tion, and ask for it to be deleted if you like, from Ap­ple’s pri­vacy por­tal (pri­vacy.ap­ple.com).

Be­cause Ap­ple doesn’t keep a his­tor­i­cal record of your lo­ca­tion data for its own apps, there’s no in­for­ma­tion for it to delete.

We down­loaded our own data from Ap­ple and took a look. The only lo­ca­tion data that we could find was re­lated to searches that we per­formed in Maps – di­rec­tions to shops, for ex­am­ple, or the lo­ca­tion of a friend’s house.

That’s not in­for­ma­tion Ap­ple is ac­tively track­ing about you – it’s not record­ing ev­ery lo­ca­tion you visit, be­yond your ex­plicit searches and Sig­nif­i­cant Lo­ca­tions.

Still, Ap­ple’s claims about it not stor­ing your lo­ca­tion only ap­ply to its own apps – third-party apps may act dif­fer­ently, so read their pri­vacy poli­cies to clar­ify.

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