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A slice of Pie

Grabbing headlines this week was the release of Google’s Android 9 Pie software, which started rolling out on Tuesday to Google Pixel phones. Standard whiz-bang OS enhancements aside, from a security perspective, here’s what we found noteworthy: The software update “restricts access to mic, camera, and all SensorManager sensors from apps that are idle.” That means that when you stop using an app, that app will no longer have permission to access your phone’s mic, camera, etc.  As app permissions have become increasingly invasive, this is a very welcome update.

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