Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Apple introduces new privacy portal to comply with GDPR

Apple introduces new privacy portal to comply with GDPR

From algorithms that define the product to business models that make them multi-billion dollar entities, nearly everything these firms do originates from the small bits of data they collect from users.

Apple is the latest tech giant to make changes to comply with GDPR, the EU's privacy data rules, after it introduced a new website that shows customers exactly what personal data it holds on them.

The law gives people more control over the way companies use their data.

Apple said the service is now only available in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, but added that it will be broadened out to people around the world "in the coming months". This includes App Store activity, AppleCare support history, iCloud bookmarks, calendars, reminders, contacts, notes, and even issues you've reported through the Maps app on your phone or tablet. The EU defines personal data as all information "related to an identified or identifiable natural person". While the regulation comes into effect across European Union member states "to harmonise data privacy laws", its impact will be felt across the world. All they have to do is check the boxes next to specific categories, which range from Apple ID account and device information to the ambiguous "other data", and select a maximum download size.

Organizations that fail to comply with GDPR rules face fines of up to Euro 20 million or 4 percent of the annual turnover.

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Tens of thousands of companies and organizations, from big tech, to banks, to charities and hospitals are now scrambling to get their data policies in shape before Friday.

With GDPR underway, you've probably already received a number of emails alerting you to privacy policy updates, new terms and conditions, and GDPR compliance from numerous sites and services you use online.

It's why some companies have made a decision to leave the European Union or stop serving their European customers. To comply with the new law, it has stripped down its site of all features apart from few articles, leaving it looking like it's a website from 1998.

As part of i-Sight's continued commitment to privacy, security and innovation, the software allows organizations to manage their investigative and case management solution with GDPR in mind.

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