In our increasingly connected world, data drives almost everything we do. It affects the way we search, shop and portray ourselves online, and even the way our devices work. As people become more aware of the need to protect their personal information, they are also realizing that it is a valuable asset that can be used to enhance their online experiences. Recent research found that more than half (53%) of consumers worldwide believe that sharing data is important for society to function properly. Almost the same (47%)1 likes to share data with companies for a clear advantage.
Based on this, Samsung Galaxy users can decide who sees their data and how it is used. As part of the latest One UI 5 update, the security and privacy dashboard on Galaxy devices has been updated to make managing data security even easier.
The menus for security and protection of personal information have been merged, giving users a view of information that may be at risk. In one convenient place, the Dashboard can display the security status of security elements, allow users to quickly change settings, and help them better manage risk. Items that can have the greatest impact on digital security — including screen locks, accounts, SmartThings Find, app security, and updates — are now directly accessible at the top of the dashboard, and intuitive red, yellow, or green items show issues at a glance and provide clear indicators if there are any security issues. The center Updated includes instant action prompts, such as permissions, that make data decisions more transparent.
When it comes to protecting personal information, managing app permissions is one of the easiest ways to make sure your data isn’t shared unknowingly. Here are four key permissions that allow users to claim their data sharing with just a few quick clicks on their Galaxy devices:
Manage ads with ease
Online shopping is more popular than ever and with so many platforms and apps, the ads and recommendations can quickly become overwhelming. Avid shoppers who prefer not to be bombarded with targeted ads can go to the Security & Privacy Dashboard, click the Privacy tab, then go to the Ads menu and select “Remove Ad ID”. This means that users can avoid unwanted recommendations while continuing to purchase and use their favorite apps.
Control microphone and camera permissions: Galaxy users can choose exactly how much of their data a specific app can access. Depending on the situation, users may require different app permissions.
For example, gamers often need to interact with others while playing the game. However, if a user discovers that an app has access to their device’s microphone at all times, they can go to the Privacy menu in the Security & Privacy panel to adjust their preferences, including revoking microphone access when an app is not installed. switched on. choose not to allow access to the microphone at all. The same options are available for camera access.
Easily manage location-based services
Location is one of the most important data points that users want to monitor as more and more apps use location-based services. While countless apps continue to track users’ whereabouts, the Privacy menu in the Security & Privacy Dashboard lets people see which apps tracked their location in the last 24 hours. This gives them the option to quickly choose a new setting, such as sharing only while using an app for things like carpooling, or not allowing anything. Toggling the settings based on individual preferences allows the user to turn off precise location tracking, allowing only approximate tracking.
Keep app preferences up to date
Many apps are downloaded for specific occasions and then installed and left unused for a long time. Often people don’t realize that these apps can continue to track their data and activities for months after they are installed, whether they are in use or not. To prevent apps from accessing more data than necessary, Galaxy devices proactively protect user privacy by removing permissions for apps that haven’t been used in a while. If users want to reset permissions, the Security & Privacy Dashboard makes it easy to do so at any time.
To keep pace with the evolving world as our lives become more focused on data usage, Samsung will continue to prioritize user security and privacy. Samsung will allow Galaxy users to manage their data according to their preferences, making it easy for them to navigate in an increasingly data-driven world.
 Global Data & Marketing Alliance: “Global Data Privacy: What Consumers Really Think” 2022