Android Q restricts access to the clipboard in the background for privacy reasons

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    Android Q restricts access to the clipboard in the background for privacy reasons

    Surely you’ve ever heard of the clipboard. It is a system for copy-and-paste information (in the case of Android usually text) between applications, which, in other words, results in the tool that is used to copy-and-paste (among other things). There are several applications that you take advantage of it, but the most well-known with the managers clipboard, a number of apps that record everything you copy it and save it so that you can access easily at another time. Or so it was until Android Q.

    The first beta of Android Q is already among us and comes cargadita of changes, not so much aesthetic but at the level of functions and development. One of the latest has to do with privacy and access to data, and is that Google has decided to cut root access to the clipboard in the background, that is to say, stop giving support to the managers of the clipboard.

    Only keyboards by default and the apps on the screen


    The change has been discovered in the section “Changes in the data and identifiers,” and reads as follows: “unless your application is the input method editor to the default (EMI) [the keyboard], or the application that you are currently using, your app can’t access the clipboard data”. In other words, access to the clipboard in the background happens to be a thing of the past.

    Until Android 9 Foot, access to the clipboard was open to any application, and while it is a necessary function for managers of clipboard work, opens the door to any developer with bad intentions access to information that may not pertain to you. A simple example would be to copy a password, a mail account or a mobile phone. If the app has access to that information, you could exploit it.

    The changes affect all applications installed on Android Q, regardless of the API to the point

    These changes, by the way, applied in Android Q, but all of the applications. In the words of Google, “affecting all applications that are running on Android Q, even if you target Android-9 (API level 28) or lower”. This is an interesting point, since it prevents a developer to be able to continue accessing the clipboard “optimizing” the app for an old version of the operating system. Even so, even with that “cheating”, neither will get very far, because Google forces developers to each time update their apps to APIs latest if you want to distribute it on Google Play.

    are Not the only changes related to privacy. Also has been deleted the access /prop/net, that serves to query the network status of a device. In addition, applications must have the permission “network privileged phone state” in order to check the IMEI and the serial number.

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