iOS developers get new tools that let you download and delete iCloud data

Apple takes privacy seriously
A pop-up in iOS 11.3 gives Apple’s commitment to privacy.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Apple is
giving developers new tools that will allow iPhone and iPad
users to download and delete any personal information being
stored in iCloud.

Developers received word of the new tools
today which were created in order to help developers comply
with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation that goes into
effect this May. The new laws mean developers will be forced to
comply anytime a customer requests to access manage, restrict
or delete personal data.

In its
support document published today
, Apple revealed that
when you request a copy of data associated with your Apple
ID, it only includes the data Apple on iCloud Drive (photos,
videos, contacts, texts, etc).

“Data stored in third-party CloudKit containers are not
included in any export that Apple provides. Developers
should provide their own method for users to get a copy of
data stored in their CloudKit containers.”

The new
tools provide web and native APIs that make it easy for
developers to let users manage their data in CloudKit
containers. Apple is also
planning to let users view and delete the data Apple
on them in iCloud. Users will also be able to lock
their account so that no data is stored under their Apple ID.

Apple is allowing users to temporarily deactivate their Apple
ID, developers will see CloudKit APIs return a lot of errors.
Apple detailed how developers can handle the deactivation.

“To allow users to restrict their account in your app, use
the restrict API provided by CloudKit Web Services to
temporarily restrict a specific CloudKit container. If a
user temporarily restricts a specific container, existing
CloudKit APIs will also return errors that you’ll need to

The new
tools come in light of Facebook’s scandal of user data leaking
to third parties. Apple CEO
Tim Cook took a shot at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg
in an
interview saying he would never be in the that situation
because Apple doesn’t want to make money off of its users data.

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