In the past few years, privacy has increasingly become one of Google’s biggest priorities. There are more than 2.5 billion devices running Android in the world, and the huge number of installations means that threats have aroused great interest.
This is why every new version of Android adds features to ensure that your sensitive information is only available to you. According to reports, Android 12 is the latest version of Android to be released tomorrow at Google I/O 2021, and it will introduce new privacy features, including more accessible privacy controls.
On Android 11, released last year, apps are not allowed to obtain your location in the background by default. In fact, if users have denied permission multiple times, they will not be able to request permission. In addition, one-time permissions have been added, so by default, apps won’t get permanent access to sensitive permissions.
Google also recently announced plans to add a “security” section to Google Play, the concept of which is similar to the “privacy label” in the Apple App Store. With this in mind, a new report released by The Information today claims that Google is taking “baby steps” to support mobile phone privacy.
The publication cited “people who have seen the planned presentation” and reported that Google “plans to preview upcoming privacy controls, which will make it easier for smartphone users to enter the settings screen where they can restrict the application has to access to the functions, location and other permissions of the phone’s camera.”
The description of these changes is rather vague, but we did some digging and think they may refer to the new privacy control panel screen where users can more easily restrict the app’s ability to access the phone’s camera, location, and other permissions. We received a demo demonstrating how this new “Privacy Control Panel” screen will look in Android 12.
This new privacy control panel screen provides users with information about how often apps access components such as camera, microphone, and location. It also lets users know which apps are accessing them, how often they are accessed, and makes users revoke if they think If you visit too frequently, you will get these permissions.
Despite these changes, The Information pointed out that advertisers will still be able to create personal profiles of Android users based on how Android users use apps on their smartphones to read, shop, play games, and interact with friends.
However, Google is clearly still considering adding more stringent, similar to iOS restrictions to reduce tracking. Nonetheless, Android 12’s privacy dashboard (implemented as we are showing today) will make huge changes in the right direction, and it’s great to see Google redouble its attention to privacy issues in its ecosystem.