HomesecurityGoogle: Significant privacy change coming to billions of Android devices

Google: Significant privacy change coming to billions of Android devices

Android apps that have not been used for some time will soon begin to automatically lose their access to sensitive device features such as sensors, SMS, and contact lists.


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In December, Google plans to increase the availability of "auto-reset", an Android privacy feature that automatically blocks an app's previous rights to access the device's location, camera, microphone, and more.

Google released the feature for Android 11 last year, but in December it will extend it to "billions more devices" through Google Play services on devices running Android 6.0 (API level 23) from 2015 onwards.

The feature aims to help Android users control privacy-sensitive application permissions. The feature will be especially useful for users who have dozens of applications on one device, many of which are not used as often or for long periods of time.

Around the second quarter of 2022, if an app is not used for a few months, Android will automatically restore the user-sensitive execution permissions granted to an app.

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The change will affect all Android applications on consumer devices. However, Google has made an exception for applications that run corporate policies that are defined by corporate policy.

Google has also found a way to help developers ask a user to turn off auto-tuning for their application. This could be useful for applications that are expected to run in the background, such as applications that provide family security, applications for data synchronization, applications for controlling smart devices, or pairing with other devices.

The auto-reset feature will be available gradually after the December launch, but will not reach all devices between Android 6 and Android 10 until the first quarter of 2022. Google.

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However, users with Android 6 to 10 can go to an auto-reset settings page and enable or disable auto-reset for specific applications.

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