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This is exactly what Apple is doing with your private data

This is exactly what Apple is doing with your private data
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If you have ever wondered how Apple is using your private information, you're not alone. While Google and others have long shared their privacy policies with you, Apple hasn't always been quite as forthcoming with details.

Apple is becoming a lot more transparent with how it uses your private information, and keeps it secure. In fact, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he wants Apple customers to know that your private information is secure on Apple devices and services, including the ways it shares your information with advertisers and the government.

To that end, Apple has a new privacy policy website. "Security and privacy are fundamental to the design of all our hardware, software, and services, including iCloud and new services like Apple Pay," Cook writes.

Apple, which recently launched its new iOS 9 operating system, encourages you to use two-step verification, which we often recommend that you use. That two-step process is now used to protect the information, files, photographs and videos that you save to Apple's iCloud.

Apple's new privacy policy provides details how your data is used on its programs, like maps, its smart-home application HomeKit, searches on Spotlight OS X, Apple News and Apple Music.

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