Obviously, Google has provided a new control to protect data from users of Android 11.
Despite the crisis of COVID-19, Google continues to develop Android 11, of which the stable version should be out before the end of the year. In the meantime, the firm of Mountain View, already publishes preview for developers, so that they can test new API and, at the same time, send feedback. Recently, Google has released the third preview version of this new version of Android. And if in that announcement, the firm has focussed on changes to help developers be more productive, other new features are gradually being discovered by the media. And among these, there is a feature that would revoke automatically the permissions for applications that are no longer used after a certain period of time.
It is the site Android Police, which highlights the new functionality available on the third preview of Android 11. In substance, in the operating system settings, in the section of the application permissions, a new option called “Auto-revoke permissions” or “revoke automatically the permissions” can be activated for, in some kinds, to give an expiration date to the permissions granted to apps when they are not used anymore.
“To protect your data, the permissions for this application will be deleted if the application is not used for a few months “, reads an explanatory note, under the new option. Unfortunately, it would seem, therefore, that the user will have to enable this new functionality for each application. And for the moment, it would seem that it is not yet quite to the point. We can always hope that the final version of Android 11, Google provides a control to enable this option on the permissions for all installed applications.
In any case, it could be an important new feature of Android 11 for the protection of privacy. In recent years, the firm of Mountain View has not ceased to propose new controls so that users can better manage the data to which the third-party applications have access. For example, with Android 10, Google has allowed users to limit access to location data by applications installed on their smartphones.
Alternatively, for a reminder, this third preview of Android 11 should be the last one before the release of the first beta. The beta version will be closer to the stable version that will be deployed later, and it should allow the general public to test the new features.