#privacy

New Privacy Features Android 11

When the new Android 11 launches in May, Google will be more selective about which apps on the Play Store can see all of the other apps you have installedAs experts points out, your list of installed apps, innocent as it seems, can communicate to developers personal traits like dating preferences and political affiliations. So starting with the new launch, developers will have to provide a very good reason for why Google should let you access info like that.

Android 11 apps that currently request the “QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES” permission can see the full list of apps you have stored on your device. But Google recently updated its developer program policy and now considers that info to be “personal and sensitive user data” which apps are allowed to use it.

Once the change goes into effect in May, apps can only use the permission if their “core user facing functionality or purpose, requires broad visibility into installed apps on the user’s device.” Examples of apps that will be permitted to continue using this permission include file managers, browsers, and antivirus apps that need the data “for awareness or interoperability purposes.” Banking apps, digital wallet apps, and any other app that involves “financial transaction functionality” will get a pass “for security-based purposes”.

Apps that do not have a justifiable use case for the permission risk being removed from the Google Play Store. All developers who want to keep the permission in their apps need to complete “a declaration form” justifying their use of it.

In case you’re worried that developers could still misuse the permission, Google’s Documentation clearly states it will come down hard on offending apps, whether they’re new to the Play Store or just updates to existing apps. Google could suspend apps and possibly terminate developer accounts.

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IOS 14 Privacy Updates

Apple in February 2021 introduced the latest version of its iOS operating system, iOS 14.4, which was released on September 16. iOS 14 is one of Apple’s biggest iOS updates to date, introducing Home Screen design changes, major new features, updates for existing apps, Siri improvements, and many other tweaks that streamline the iOS interface.

In my opinion one of the biggest changes is the Updated Privacy protections require developers to get permission before accessing devices on a local network, and there are new options for limiting access to select photos or providing apps with only approximate location data. All apps are also required to get user permission before tracking them across websites, and new icons show up on the Home Screen when an app is using a camera or microphone.

For instance, one now can request Facebook not to pass our information to companies outside of Facebook which will eventually create a LAWSUITS war between Apple and Facebook. If you want to know how to tell Facebook not to sell your information to third party companies’ do a simple internet search “How do I stop Facebook from sharing my information with a third party?” and many results will pop up.

For your consideration below some steps to

  1. Go to Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  2. Scroll down to “Your Facebook Information” and select “Off-Facebook Activity”.
  3. Select “Manage Your Off-Facebook Activity”
  4. Fallow instructions below

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