Windows 11 is getting a feature called “Privacy Auditing” that will allow users to look at the apps that have access to their microphone, camera, and location data. Microsoft initially introduced the feature to app developers for testing. However, it will be available to Windows 11 users in the future to let them decide whether to continue using the apps that put their sensitive data on the system. Microsoft’s offering is similar to Apple’s App Privacy Report launched last year for iPhone and iPad users.
Microsoft Vice President for Enterprise and OS Security Dave Weston announced the release of the Privacy Auditing on Windows 11. The feature aims to show users the history of access to sensitive devices, the director said.
New Windows 11 Privacy Auditing features allow you to view the history of access to sensitive devices such as the microphone pic.twitter.com/vq3IJkAIMO
— David Weston (DWIZZZLE) (@dwizzzleMSFT) June 16, 2022
Bleeping Computer reports that Privacy Auditing was made available for testing in a Windows 11 Preview build earlier this month.
The current version of Privacy Auditing allows users to view logs of sensitive data access from the past week. It names the apps that have access to sensitive user information, including their location and screenshots.
Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel using the eligible Windows 11 Preview build can access the feature by visiting: Settings † Privacy and Security † App permissions†
In December, Apple released iOS 15.2 with the App Privacy Report to show users which and how often apps access their data, such as location, contacts, camera, and microphone. The feature also debuted on iPadOS 15.2 at the time.
However, Apple has not yet made the privacy-focused feature available to Mac users. It’s unclear if the feature will ship on macOS in the future.
However, the introduction of Privacy Auditing on Windows 11 will allow Microsoft to provide a similar privacy experience to PC and laptop users.