Privacy is something that is increasingly important to users of all operating systems, and Google knows it. The improvements that Google brings to its Google I/O this year have been focused on security, privacy, and artificial intelligence.
First, Google focuses on giving the user control over their data, and for this reason, they launch new controls so that the user can manage their information in various Google services.
Like, a quick delete function is added directly to the Google Chrome browser. It clears the last 15 minutes of the user’s history with a single tap by clicking on our profile within the Google account.
Another one such innovation — Google Photos will have a folder that can only be accessed by mobile users as it is encrypted and the fingerprint is needed to unlock it. This will allow us to save our photos and videos in a folder inaccessible to other users, separate from the others. Also, neither the saved photos nor the folders themselves will appear in the app’s main image grid. First, it will reach the Google Pixel and later it will reach Android users.
The last privacy control added in this list includes the reminder in Google Maps that warns us that we have activated the location history in the application. If we search for a site and it appears on our schedule, the app will remind us that this occurs due to history. We can deactivate it if we want it with a couple of taps.
Additionally, Android 12, the new version of Google’s operating system, will include a dedicated Privacy Dashboard in which we can see a schedule of all the events regarding our permissions and their transparency. Android 12 will also include specific indicators to toggle between when the camera or microphone is being used, as in iOS 14.
Also, Chrome’s built-in password manager receives further enhancements. To begin with, it includes a new tool with which we can more easily import our passwords from other managers. The integrations with Chrome on Android also improve, to fill in fields with our passwords on any device, be it mobile or computer.
If the manager detects that one of our passwords has been affected by a security leak, the password manager will notify us automatically — thanks to Google’s artificial intelligence.