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Android P prevents apps from accessing the camera

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Android P will increase device security by preventing apps from accessing the camera without communicating it. A detail in the source code blocks access to the camera to any application that is not actively used.

Android P will increase the security of the devices by preventing the apps from using the camera without communicating it, access to the locked camera without explicit consent.

There are only a couple of months left before we can take a first look at Android P, most likely coming with this year's Google I / O. There are some things we know about the next version, and now we have learned of one new security feature that blocks access to the camera.

The cameras on our devices could provide a lot of information about us if they were running all the time, but fortunately they are not. However, it has not prevented many users from being slightly paranoid about this possibility.

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Android P: access to the locked camera for inactive apps

With Android P, Google intends to completely eliminate this concern. According to a detail in the source code, identified by XDA-Developers, the company is working on a new feature that blocks access to the camera to any application that is not actively being used.

This new set of rules keeps an eye on the UID of the applications and prevents them from accessing the camera in any way whenever the UID "idle", or running in the background.

For users, this is a remarkable change. Until now, Android hasn't done much to block this sort of thing and some developers have found ways to secretly record video or take pictures without the user knowing. For privacy reasons, this is a big change, regardless of whether you are the type of person covering your webcam or not

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