No Intruders Allowed: Android Q Will Feature Privacy Control

No Intruders Allowed: Android Q Will Feature Privacy Control

Not much is known about the upcoming Android Q. But as we have heard, privacy we'll be greatly revisited, allowing users more control over it. And everything that deters intervention into our personal lives is heartily welcome. We've reviewed a few features that will keep your sensitive info secure from lewd intrusion.

1. Phone Contacts — No More Ranking

The ranking system in the phone/address book was a clever idea. Say, you call your mother often — at least once a day. The feature would place her number at the very top, so you wouldn't have to scroll through the entire contact list or call history. But now it will be banished from the Android DNA. The reason is that developers often demand access to your calls. As a result, they collect info on who and how often you prefer talking to.

2. MAC Randomization — Catch me if You Can

MAC address is the same to your gadget, as a car plate to a vehicle. It's a unique identification number assigned to any piece of hardware: phones, laptops, etc. Previously Android would alter your MAC number if you tried to access a Wi-Fi hotspot. Now randomization will be constant, so no data on your online preferences will be amassed. Both online and in real life.

3. GPS Control — I'm the Invisible Man

Some of the apps, like Google Maps or Tinder, require your GPS to be active perpetually. However you don't keep these apps running 24/7, but GPS still remains on. Other services and apps take advantage of this, analyzing your location to offer regionally targeted ads. Android Q promises to stop this — now you can allow a certain app use the geo-signal while you need it only. As for the rest, there'll be no extra spying.

4. ID Permissions — You Won't be Tracked Down

Previously app developers had access to the serial number and IMEI of your gadget — its ID and driver's license in other words. What's even worse, they cannot be altered or reset, for IMEI is permanent and the only way to change it is to buy a new phone.  Android Q will force developers to ask for such permission, revealing their true, shady intentions. Whether to use a product brought by such a snoopy company or not — it's up to you.

5. Connection Info Restricted — File System Under Lock

In the Android versions preceding Q, information on the type of network connection, data usage and so on was easily accessible. It is stored in the special pseudo-folder, which mobile apps could open and analyze. Now, this flaw has been eradicated: your network data isn't obtainable through the file system anymore. And should some developers need to know, they'll have to ask for permission again.

Android Q has a Higher IQ?

It's quite possible that Google decided to rebuild their reputation by introducing better privacy protection. In the past, it's been accused of leaking, willingly or not, a lot of sensitive user data. If all of these changes will be implemented, we might see a new trend, under which tech-corporations will treat their clientele with more respect.

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