Google Ups Chromebook Privacy With New Camera

Google Ups Chromebook Privacy With New Camera and Mic Switch

New toggles that can immediately prevent all apps and websites from using the camera and microphone are being added by Google to the ChromeOS settings.

The new system-wide privacy controls disable access to the hardware for the rest of the computer, effectively acting as a replacement for the physical camera and microphone kill switches found on a variety of PC laptops.

But Chromebook manufacturers can simplify the laptop design and use the integrated ChromeOS solution instead of adding hardware switches that cut power to the camera, like on Framework’s Chromebook, or even a simple plastic sliding gate that covers the lens. One can always attach a plastic sliding gate for visual confirmation, but there is nothing more secure than a complete cutoff of power to the camera and microphone.

The ChromeOS camera and mic toggles are coming in an unspecified future software update “later this year,” according to After the update is released, Chromebook users will have access to a new section called Privacy Controls under Settings > Security and Privacy.

Google is also enhancing its business- and enterprise-oriented security features, adding new identity and data control tools to help IT departments manage user logins and prevent sensitive data from unintentionally leaving their organizations. It allows users to suppress copy and paste functions to prevent text from accidentally dropping into the wrong place, print only where they should print, and more. Users can also be prevented from sharing sensitive files with people or places they shouldn’t.

To enable better integration of Chromebooks into IT departments’ environments, Google is collaborating with well-known third-party enterprise management and security firms like Palo Alto Networks, ClowdStrike, Microsoft, and others. For instance, organizations using CrowdStrike XDR integration for threat monitoring can now connect Chromebooks to the Falcon platform using Google’s XDR connector framework. Additionally, Google offers connectors for businesses utilizing Azure AD, Netskope, Chronicle, and Cortex for identity management as well as Cortex and Cortex for access event reporting.

These new tools may contribute to the increased appeal of Chromebooks as an enterprise option. ChromeOS has been primarily developed around mobile device management. The timing is crucial for Google because, in the wake of the recent surge in computer purchases, IT departments are probably considering hardware upgrades. Chromebooks are a low-cost option to think about, but the US Public Interest Research Group Education Fund has found that they also have short lifespans and are challenging to repair.

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Source: theverge

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