Privacy

Privacy is a fundamental human right. At Apple, it’s also one of our core values. Your devices are important to so many parts of your life. What you share from those experiences, and who you share it with, should be up to you. We design Apple products to protect your privacy and give you control over your information. It’s not always easy. But that’s the kind of innovation we believe in.

Your data. 
Your choice.

Starting in early 2021, you get greater control over how apps track you. Learn about the practices of the data collection industry to see what having more choice means for you.

View A Day in the Life of Your Data (PDF)

Everyday apps. Designed for your privacy.

Safari throws trackers off your trail.

Intelligent Tracking Prevention helps stop advertisers that follow you from site to site.

Safari

Some websites allow hundreds of different data collection companies to watch you, build a profile of you, and serve you ads as you browse the web. Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari uses on-device machine learning to help block those trackers. And you can get a snapshot of all the cross-site trackers Safari is blocking by visiting your Privacy Report in the Safari toolbar.

Advertisers can also create a “fingerprint” of your device to target you based on characteristics like your browser configuration, and fonts and plug-ins you’ve installed. To help prevent this, Safari has built-in fingerprinting defense, which shares a simplified system profile with websites you visit. Making it even more difficult for data companies to identify you.

Maps makes your location history, history.

The Maps app doesn’t associate your data with your Apple ID, and Apple doesn’t keep a history of where you’ve been.

Maps

Where you go says a lot about you. Maps delivers a great experience without Apple knowing which stores, neighborhoods, or clinics you visit. And because Maps doesn’t include a sign-in, where you go isn’t associated with your Apple ID at all.

Personalized features, like locating your parked car, are created right on your device. And data used to improve search terms is not associated with your identity. Instead, that information is based on random identifiers that are constantly changing.

Photos protects your images from unwanted exposure.

The Photos app uses machine learning to organize photos right on your device. So you don’t need to share them with Apple or anyone else.

Photos

Your photo and video albums are full of precious moments, friends, and your favorite things. Apple devices are designed so those memories don’t leave your hands until you share them.

Some services process photos in the cloud, which gives them access to your photos. But we designed Photos to process your images right on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. In fact, the Apple Neural Engine with the A13 and A14 Bionic chips performs over 100 billion operations per photo to recognize faces and places without ever leaving your device. And when apps request access to your photos, you can share just the images you want — not your entire library.

Messages are only seen by who you send them to.

Apple can’t read your iMessages while they’re being sent between you and the person you’re texting.

Messages

From inside jokes to invitations, a lot of life happens in text and video chats. Every blue-bubble message, picture, Animoji, and video is encrypted while being sent between devices.

Smart suggestions in Messages, like pulling up photos to send based on who you’re messaging, are all done on your device.

Health keeps your records under wraps.

You control which information goes into the Health app and who you share it with.

Health

From your heart rate to your menstrual cycle, apps and devices for your health can give you insight into some of your most personal details. With the Health app, you’re in charge of what information you’d like to include, what not to, and who has access to it.

All of your data is encrypted and only accessible with your passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID. So however you use the Health app, you’re always in control of your data.

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App Store shows you what’s in store for your data.

Easy-to-read summaries on the App Store help you choose apps based on how they use your data and whether they track you.

App Store

Every one of the more than 1.8 million apps on the App Store is required to follow strict privacy guidelines and report how it uses your data. And every app is rigorously reviewed by a team of experts at Apple.

When you're checking out an app, you’ll get a summary of privacy practices to help you decide if it works for you. Apps you choose to download need your permission to access information like your photos or location — and you can always change your mind about what you share. Starting in early 2021, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will require developers to get your permission before tracking your activity across other companies‘ apps and websites for ads or data brokers.

Learn more about privacy at Apple.