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[-] [email protected] 40 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

Is there a list of which apps are doing this? I get Snapchat because, despite it actually being terrible with security, it wants to make it SEEM like it is looking out for you

but why tiktok?

Screenshot detection being baked into every app feels hostile towards the user, I don't want to think twice before taking a screenshot just in case some app wants to use it for data collection.

[-] [email protected] 18 points 3 months ago

I bet it's rooted in some BS justification like screen capturing/ copyright infringement.

[-] [email protected] 23 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

Published 9 hours ago? I have like 8 apps on my phone that have said this for a long time now. How did it take an Android blog this long to make an article?

[-] [email protected] 16 points 3 months ago

A/B testing. You probably just got the update before the general public did.

[-] [email protected] 18 points 3 months ago

Kinda creepy if you ask me

[-] [email protected] 14 points 3 months ago

Why? The purpose of this is to let you know if an app is spying on you.

[-] [email protected] 12 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

You're right, I should have elaborated.

Helping each app know whether you screenshot something or not doesnt seem like a good idea to me. Blocking it would be somewhat ok, but detecting it seems not that much ok.

If I want to screenshot something without being detected I can bypass the detection by screencasting the device to another phone and take a screenshot from there or just use a camera (or take a note etc etc).

You can't depend on those measures to ensure your privacy.

What if they use it to know if you are interested in something. What if tiktok or any other app uses it to make more "appropriate" content for you and make a better profile of you? The same applies for websites. Also, what if the OS provided by the phone manufacturer itself that you use also uses that detection? I suppose it already can do that, but why make the detection better?

I know many people will probably not go that far to bypass detection if they want to screenshot something that you don't want them to, but if you don't want them to (or you don't trust them) you probably shouldn't send whatever you sent them.🤷

And my last point is that it can make people unecessarily suspicious of you if you screenshot something. You might found a message funny and wanted to keep it, not use it for blackmailing. (Though in my 1 to 1 chats I almost always tell the other "I'm saving that" or something similar if I'm screenshoting the chat.) It creates an extra level of anxiety, like those read reciepts on many messenger apps.

I might be wrong, but I don't feel comfortable with apps knowing what I screenshot.

Edit: I'd like to add that many times those apps don't have an on/off switch which would be helpful.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 3 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

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[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 months ago

But I get the info after the spying is over. Why not show "This action will be registered by the app" when trying to take a screenshot. That way i get the option to proceed or not.

[-] [email protected] -1 points 3 months ago

I imagine that it's because there's likely to be a legitimate use-case scenario where you may want a background app to take screenshots. I'm not sure why that would be or what practical application there is for that, but this is probably meant to not directly interfere with background apps taking screenshots, but will still alert the user when it's happening.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 months ago

How will it detect taking a picture with another phone? If they're both steady, aligned reasonably well, and the resolution is good enough it's the same thing. And who doesn't have an extra phone laying around?

[-] [email protected] 12 points 3 months ago

This is to help the user identify when another app on their device is spying on them. It's not meant to prevent screenshots.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago

I was trying for the joke of someone taking a picture of a screenshot or a cell video of a security camera feed.. guess it didn't land. 🤷

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago

Link without adblocker blocker: https://archive.is/ZFl0M

I don't block ads, I just block tracking cookies

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