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Android-like Privacy Indicators Coming to Chrome OS

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Google is bringing a recently added privacy feature from Android to Chrome OS. On your Android phone, a green bubble appears whenever an app accesses the camera or microphone. You’ll soon see this on your Chromebooks too.

Privacy Indicators on Android
Privacy Indicators on Android

Enable Privacy Indicators

As usual, Google’s plan to add privacy indicators to Chrome OS showed up in the Chromium Gerrit. Here is the experimental flag Google is adding to test this feature:

Enable Privacy Indicators: While screen sharing or camera/microphone is being accessed, show a green icon in the status area and add a silent notification to the tray.

The flag description has all the information we need. Similar to Android, we will see a notification when an app or a website accesses your Chromebook’s camera or microphone. We will also see a message in the system tray (ash).

On Android, the privacy indicators feature was considered major privacy win. I am sure Chrome OS users also welcome this change.

What about you? Let me know in the comments section below.

Source: Chromium Gerrit.


One response to “Android-like Privacy Indicators Coming to Chrome OS”

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    RichardOfSCC

    What about a Chromebook?


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