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Prevent Apps from Using your Camera and Mic – PDroidAddon
Please note that the following is an addition to the infamous PDroid, developer by XDA Forum Member svyat back in December 2011. As its name clearly suggests, PDroidAddon acts along side (and will interact with) PDroid, which was basically a security suite that allowed you to “cherry pick” which apps get access to your personal information. Today, we have XDA Forum Member CollegeDev bringing us an interesting alternative that handles privacy in a different manner, or at least it targets a different source of “leaks.”
The app essentially looks for camera and microphone permissions in your installed apps. In other words, if you have an app that, for no apparent reason, can access and activate your camera and your mic, you are wide open to have someone see and listen to everything you say or do at any given time. This app determines which apps have the permission granted and allows you to switch that permission off, much like PDroid does. The app has a rather simplistic, one-click type interface, so using it is almost a no brainer. On the flip side, getting it in the phone seems to be a tad more involved than simply opening an apk on the device.
In any case, please provide some feedback for the dev to ensure that the app has the necessary feedback to attack the remaining bugs.
This application allows you to block Camera and Microphone permission of all applications listed inside. It is an Addon app for PDroid and interacts with it. It works in black_list_mode, that means -> Above you can see camera and microphone icon. If you check the checkbox of an app you will block permissions
You can find more information in the original thread.
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