With Android 12 you can instantly know which applications are spying on you
Android 12 has a new privacy panel that will help you find out which applications have more permissions on your mobile.
The big problem with privacy on mobile phones does not usually come from malware or people who enter individually to see your data, but from apps that have too many permissions and collect information in bulk of users, when they do not have direct access to the microphone or the camera.
Now you want to control this to a greater extent and Android 12 will have a configuration focused directly on this issue with the aim of obtaining more transparency about the applications that have permissions on the mobile.
As reported in Android Authority, on updated Pixel mobiles, a pie chart with different colors and the list of permissions that the applications have installed in the last 24 hours, at least by default. You can also check those of anyone you have on the device, although selecting it directly.
There are three colors that always appear to show the aspects that Android has decided as main: location, camera and microphone. The rest go to a category called Others, which means that this option is not as useful as it could be.
Still, one of the more interesting approaches to this new setup is that shows the time that applications have spent using those permissions. For example, if you have sent a 3-minute voice message on WhatsApp, this application will appear with 3-minute access in the last 24 hours. But maybe someone else has used time without you giving it to them, which would betray a problem.
In each of the categories you can find the permission history and directly disable any application you want with a single click, an option that is especially useful for managing privacy. The normal thing is that a game does not need permissions to the microphone, or the vast majority of applications to the location, and that will be easier to control.