Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Android P will Prevent Background Apps from Accessing the Camera

Android P will Prevent Background Apps from Accessing the Camera

The move is still meant to increase the level of privacy users can expect from Android and the author of the commit argues as much, indicating that idling apps have little reason to attempt accessing one's camera in the first place.

Android P will natively block idle apps from accessing the camera of one's device in a bid to boost the overall security of the operating system, XDA Developers reports, citing a recent commit discovered in the main repository of the Android Open Source Project. User ID is a unique app that do not change as long as the app remains on your device. It'll monitor apps using their UID that assigned at the time of the installation.

In the upcoming operating system, when the "camera service" detects a UID to be bootless and "background apps" access to CPU & network-intensive services is restricted', Android P will generate an error and restrain access to the camera. Subsequent camera requests from the inactive UID will immediately generate an error, preventing the application from gaining camera access until it is active again. The new Android P will be an extension of the existing camera restrictions.

This feature is very good as it will save people against malicious apps that silently recors videos and pictures without even letting people know about it. This will also give relief to users who feel iffy about the front snapper. Android P's new policy would render those features useless. It is good to see that the company is working on features that will help keep users' data safe and secure for malware, considering the growing number of cyberattacks.

There is, however, one potentially valid use case of not letting the "user" know that the camera is now recording.

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