Google to limit third-party camera apps to protect privacy of users

According to Google, the reason is to keep the bad actors away from harvesting the user’s location. The only thing changing is that if Android apps want to use their camera app, instead of a camera app of their own, they will now go straight to the phone’s built in camera app instead of letting the user choose.

Google to limit third-party camera apps to protect privacy of users
Google to limit third-party camera apps to protect privacy of users

Google to limit third-party camera apps to protect privacy of users

Google is making a change in Android 11 which will force the appsthat want to take photos or videos to use the phone’s built-in camera app. According to The Verge's report, the android engineering team wrote in a statement that they believe it’s the right trade off to protect the privacy and security of the users.

According to Google, the reason is to keep the bad actors away from harvesting the user’s location. The only thing changing is that if Android apps want to use their camera app, instead of a camera app of their own, they will now go straight to the phone’s built in camera app instead of letting the user choose.

This marks as a significant distinction because now apps will be unable to phone home with the user’s location. The company was worried about apps that might ask for photos so they can quietly track the user’s location.

When a user takes a photo, it’s sometimes geotagged with the GPS coordinates where the user took that picture, and a non-camera app could steal that by piggybacking on a camera app, even if the user never granted the original app that location permission. Several apps have tried to get around Android’s permissions system in the past.