Recent scandal with Facebook initiated Apple for development of the new tools for data management. The company does not want to lose its customers by any unsecured misconduct with their personal data. Being priority number one within several last years, the safety of personal data represents a significant criterion and matter, which disturbs users. And after the situation with Facebook leaking user-sensitive information to the third parties, Apple developers made a decision to provide strong tools aimed at extra data safety.
Due to EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which will be released this May, developers receive the new challenge in regard to their services. According to the Law, all users’ requests concerning any operations for data management must be fulfilled. Thus, accessing, deleting and restricting personal data should be available for every single user. Therefore, Apple engineers are doing their best so that their functionality will comply with this new law.
It is obvious that everyone wants to be sure no third party will have access to his or her photos or video files on iOS. And as it revealed there are a lot of questions when we speak about iCloud. Thus, when you request data associated with your Apple ID, this means only data stored on the iCloud Drive. The goal of the new tools is to ensure users end-to-end management of their data, located in CloudKit containers.
Apple developers also have more challenging plans. They are intended to give an opportunity for their users to manage data that is stored in iCloud. It is planned that a user will be able to view this information and delete it. Apple users even will be capable to lock their account and remove all data stored under their Apple ID. Note that these restriction operations presuppose usage of some additional functionality, which operation can cause many errors. So now developers will have a lot of issues to handle with.
We consider that it is great that Apple worries not only about updates for iPhone 7 functionality or new macOS. Data protection is a core problem nowadays and users’ rights for the privacy of their information should be carefully followed.