I know backwards isn’t usually the recommended direction of travel when talking about privacy and security, and this move encompasses both, but this rewind is a most welcome one. Not just in practical terms, I should add, but also when it comes to perceptions.
Optics are important, and Apple knows that better than most after some recent decisions that have had a negative impact on how users perceive them as a privacy-focused company. Google, for sure, still has plenty of distance to cover before it can catch up to where Apple is even after hitting the CSAM bump in the road. But, being seen to be in the game is vital, and although still playing catch-up to iOS, I’d say Google has given Android users something to be happy about. Some 2 billion of them, in fact.
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The intersection between privacy and security is sharper now than ever before, and Google has moved to put the focus on both when it comes to Android app permissions. To be precise, the permissions that you give or deny to an application when first installed.
Although ostensibly a pure privacy thing, runtime permissions are not also known as ‘dangerous’ permissions for nothing. These are the permissions that Android prompts you to allow or refuse when an app tries to access the camera, microphone, SMS messages, location sensors, contact lists…